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noun \ˈelm\

Definition of elm

  1. 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. 2 :  the wood of an elm

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Origin and Etymology of elm

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


ELM Defined for English Language Learners

elm

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noun \ˈelm\

Definition of elm for English Language Learners

  • : a tall shade tree with spreading branches

  • : the wood of an elm


ELM Defined for Kids

elm

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noun \ˈelm\

Definition of elm for Students

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


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