slippery elm


: a large-leaved elm (Ulmus rubra synonym U. fulva) of eastern and central North America that has hard wood and fragrant mucilaginous inner bark
also : the bark

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the glass, AG is a drink mix made from powdered wheatgrass, alfalfa, rose hips, beets, spinach, carrots, and slippery elm: the most suspicious of all elms. Drew Magary, Men's Health, 28 Mar. 2023 This formula contains ingredients like slippery elm bark, marshmallow root, and chamomile flower, which have all been traditionally used to soothe the digestive system. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2022 Each drool-worthy chew provides a healthy dose of naturally occurring probiotics along with other health-boosting ingredients like inulin, pumpkin powder, coconut oil, papaya, plantain, and slippery elm bark. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2022 This might sound a little gross, but slippery elm bark is known for having a lot of mucilage: a sticky, gel-like substance that can soothe an itchy, sore throat. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, 28 Oct. 2022 The slippery elm was nominated for champion status in 2013 by Donna Hibbs, former groundskeeper for Masonic Homes Kentucky. Connor Giffin, The Courier-Journal, 28 Sep. 2022 The gel contains healthy, healing ingredients like rosemary, eucalyptus, aloe vera, corn mint, and extracts of kelp and slippery elm. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slippery elm was in 1748

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“Slippery elm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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