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box elder

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
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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

a medium-sized fast-growing widely cultivated North American maple, Acer negundo, which has compound leaves with lobed leaflets Also called ash-leaved maple
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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