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elm

[elm] /ɛlm/
noun
1.
any tree of the genus Ulmus, as U. procera (English elm) characterized by the gradually spreading columnar manner of growth of its branches.
2.
the wood of such a tree.
Origin of elm
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old High German elm; akin to Old Norse almr, Latin ulmus
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  • She could hear the oriole singing in the elm; his song was almost articulate.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • The elm, indeed, was the only object that ever did cast its shadow there.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The elm was almost as beautiful in one season as in another.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • All that side was brilliant green, the other side with the elm tree was dark.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • Or it may be “llwyv,” an elm tree, in reference to the devastation of the groves just mentioned.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • The elm was very common in the island at the period under consideration.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • A nightingale was singing somewhere in the elm trees which bordered the garden.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for elm

elm

/ɛlm/
noun
1.
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
2.
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
n.

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.

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