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box elder

noun
1.
a North American maple, Acer negundo, having light gray-brown bark, pinnate, coarsely toothed leaves, and dry, winged fruit, cultivated as a shade tree, and yielding a light, soft wood used in making furniture, woodenware, etc.
Origin of box elder
1780-1790
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90
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  • Louder and fiercer roared the box elder, lashing its banks with foam.

    Warrior Gap Charles King
  • The box elder is the one native maple which has compound leaves.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The stream here is lined with box elder, elm, and small fruit trees.

    North Dakota Various
  • In box elder the pores are finer and more numerous than in soft maple.

    Wood and Forest William Noyes
  • Then there was his homestead claim on box elder, and the surveyors were coming in this fall.

    Lin McLean Owen Wister
  • No better location for a home in this country than box elder.

    Lin McLean Owen Wister
  • At various points I saw plantations of box elder, and was told that this tree is easily grown.

    A Report on Washington Territory William Henry Ruffner
  • The box elder is the one maple whose leaves are always cleft to the stem, making it compound of irregularly toothed leaflets.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • We climbed the trees and cut our names, we sucked the sap of the box elder and squashed poke berries for war paint.

    Bill's School and Mine

    William Suddards Franklin
  • The box elder was the chief tree on many a timber claim where the letter of the law rather than the spirit was carried out.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for box elder

box elder

noun
1.
a medium-sized fast-growing widely cultivated North American maple, Acer negundo, which has compound leaves with lobed leaflets Also called ash-leaved maple
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