\ ˈelm How to pronounce elm (audio) \

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 Non-natives can be OK but may be more subject to stress, like the elm or ash trees, so those might be more susceptible to damage if their health is not good going into monsoon season. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2022 And Chinese elm and other saplings, which will ultimately provide shade and absorb noise, have begun to take root in the hell strips between the street’s lanes. Alison Van Houten, Outside Online, 5 Apr. 2022 The Tobin property also is home to 31 trees, including two big survivors, both a few hundred years old: a giant elm that was cosseted through the Dutch elm disease crisis and an ash that was nurtured through the emerald ash borer plague. Jen Banowetz, chicagotribune.com, 20 July 2021 In spring, the highly seasonal mushrooms are found in forests all over the Northern Hemisphere among leaf litter around dead elm, Sycamore, apple, and Ash trees. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 May 2022 In Norse tradition, the gods Odin, Vili, and Ve turned an ash tree and an elm tree into man and woman, and infused them with breath, intelligence, and speech. Maya Jasanoff, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 Another clue that the Sparrow-Hawk is from the early 17th century is the oak and elm from which it is constructed, said the Vasa Museum's Hocker, who specializes in the history of shipbuilding. CBS News, 11 Mar. 2022 That is a Camperdown elm (Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’). oregonlive, 12 Feb. 2022 Tote around guidebooks and learn how to tell an elm from an ash. Jenna Woginrich, Outside Online, 27 June 2019 See More

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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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“Elm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elm. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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\ ˈelm How to pronounce elm (audio) \

Kids Definition of elm

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

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