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Definition of elm

1 : any of a genus (Ulmus of the family Ulmaceae, the elm family) of usually large deciduous north temperate-zone trees with alternate stipulate leaves and fruit that is a samara
2 : the wood of an elm

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Examples of elm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ricchiuti used Italianate white stone for the complex’s clubhouse, centered the development on a large pool with private cabanas and planted elm and olive trees to line the streets. Liam Dillon Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "The nation’s hottest housing market? Surprise — it’s Fresno," 31 Mar. 2021 In the 1400s, Dutch golfers played with smooth wooden balls made from beech or elm. Jeff Harper, chicagotribune.com, "Best cheap golf balls," 11 Mar. 2021 There's no old elm tree that served as the backstop for front yard batting practice. Star Tribune, "In Fulda, Minn., the Raiders happily take a partner and a new name," 13 Feb. 2021 With a circumference of 16 feet, Wahlstrom estimated the elm was likely between 195 and 225 years old. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis woman saves 200-year-old elm destined for chopping block," 13 Nov. 2020 Consider Texas red oak, cedar elm, Mexican sycamore, Mexican white oak, bur oak, live oak and chinkapin oak. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: What’s working to attract birds to your San Antonio winter garden," 1 Jan. 2021 By the 1970s, when the disease made it to St. Paul, about 95% of the trees some cities planted in boulevards and rights of way were elm trees. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis woman saves 200-year-old elm destined for chopping block," 13 Nov. 2020 Cedar elm is the best elm choice, with small leaves and decent fall color. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Maples, oaks, elms and more: These are the best trees for North Texas," 19 Nov. 2020 The shelterbelt was a half-mile long and 50 yards wide, and there were cottonwoods, pine trees, elm and chokecherry bushes. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Given a rifle and a chance to be responsible, kids may learn a lot more than just shooting," 14 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of elm

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for elm

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German elme elm, Latin ulmus

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The first known use of elm was before the 12th century

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“Elm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elm. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of elm

: a tall shade tree with spreading branches
: the wood of an elm


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Kids Definition of elm

: a tall shade tree with a broad rather flat top and spreading branches

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