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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 These ladybugs are mostly seen on pines, oaks, elms and other common trees. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Meet our favorite ladybug in disguise," 8 Jan. 2020 When the restaurant opened over the summer, the bar and dining room flowed onto a side yard that flanked a century-old elm tree, and the whole thing felt very much like home to me. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "The 10 best new Denver restaurants of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 Alfred Sully forgot to show up to battle for, spend a sunny day exploring the four-mile wildlife loop, and wander the elm-and-basswood forest lining Sweetwater Lake. National Geographic, "Beat the crowds at these abandoned U.S. national parks," 9 Nov. 2019 The Southern Nevada Water Authority has identified nonnative species like the purple leaf plum tree, the ash tree and elm trees, all of which were not well-suited for desert life. USA TODAY, "Rosa Parks statue, newborn polar bear cub, quake rocks Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 2 Dec. 2019 Planting of elm, Arizona ash and other drought-resistant trees has already started in some downtown neighborhoods. USA TODAY, "El Paso memorial, hogs by helicopter, trees for troops: News from around our 50 states," 14 Nov. 2019 The leaves from many deciduous trees such as Texas red oak, cedar elm, Arizona ash, Chinese pistache and sycamore are dropping or will start dropping soon. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Sweet peas now good in San Antonio. Thanks, climate change!," 7 Nov. 2019 The stately elms, chestnuts and birches that were favored by French royalty are being selectively replaced by species that stand better chances of resisting higher temperatures, new parasites and more volatile precipitation patterns. Helene Fouquet And William Wilkes / Bloomberg, Time, "Climate Change Is Devastating the Lush Gardens of Versailles," 21 Sep. 2019 Their designs expanded to variations of trees like elm trees, cypress trees and palm trees. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "That pine tree isn’t what you think. More cellphone towers are built in disguise.," 9 Nov. 2019

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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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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Elm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elm. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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