krumm·​holz ˈkru̇m-ˌhōlts How to pronounce krummholz (audio)
plural krummholz
: stunted forest characteristic of timberline

Examples of krummholz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My heaven is alpine: krummholz giving way to granite, and the sky uncurling from fast-moving clouds. Gretel Ehrlich, The Atlantic, 2 May 2020

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Word History


German, from krumm crooked + Holz wood

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of krummholz was in 1903

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“Krummholz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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