krumm·​holz | \ ˈkru̇m-ˌhōlts How to pronounce krummholz (audio) \
plural krummholz

Definition of 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, "We Are All Living the Same Moment," 2 May 2020

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First Known Use of krummholz

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for krummholz

German, from krumm crooked + Holz wood

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“Krummholz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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