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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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  • 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


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.

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