- an elm, Ulmus glabra, of northern and western Europe, having large, coarse leaves.
Origin of wych elm
1620–30; wych wych elm, Middle English wyche, Old English wice
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Examples from the Web for wych-elm
"No, better'n nothing," said Miss Avery, and turned to the wych-elm.
But under that wych-elm—honestly, I see little happiness ahead.
The purse, recognized as Sir Philip's, by the valet of the deceased, was found buried under the wych-elm.A Strange Story, Complete
It feeds when young in sallow catkins, and later on low-growing plants, also leaves of sallow and seeds of wych-elm.
It feeds on the seeds of wych-elm, and may be beaten or jarred from the branches in April and May.
- Eurasian elm tree, Ulmus glabra, having a rounded shape, longish pointed leaves, clusters of small flowers, and winged fruits
- the wood of this tree
C17: from Old English wice wych-elm
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