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[elm] /ɛlm/
any tree of the genus Ulmus, as U. procera (English elm) characterized by the gradually spreading columnar manner of growth of its branches.
the wood of such a tree.
Origin of elm
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old High German elm; akin to Old Norse almr, Latin ulmus Unabridged
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  • There were no funerals, for till this day the peasants of elm sleep under the mountain that overwhelmed them.

    Twenty Years in Europe Samuel H. M. Byers
  • Instead, she fixed her eyes steadily on the bulging root of an elm in the garden.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • Arranging the three medicine bags on the floor, she took pieces of elm bark from the largest one and gave them to Yellow Hair.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • elm makes a good keel, especially with oak for stem and stern-post.

    All Afloat William Wood
  • The grand old English oak and elm are magnificent trees, in park or hedge-row here.

  • Beech and ash and elm are started there—dogwoods and hawthorns and lilacs.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • The elm was directly across the street, and had a trunk not more than six or eight inches in diameter.

British Dictionary definitions for elm


any ulmaceous tree of the genus Ulmus, occurring in the N hemisphere, having serrated leaves and winged fruits (samaras): cultivated for shade, ornament, and timber
the hard heavy wood of this tree
See also slippery elm, wahoo1 , wych-elm
Word Origin
Old English elm; related to Old Norse almr, Old High German elm, Latin ulmus
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Word Origin and History for elm

Old English elm, from Proto-Germanic *elmaz (cf. Danish elm, Old Norse almr, Old High German elme), perhaps from PIE root *el- "red, brown" (see elk); cognate with Latin ulmus, Old Irish lem. German Ulme, Dutch olm are from or influenced by the Latin word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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