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wych elm

[wich] /wɪtʃ/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "No, better'n nothing," said Miss Avery, and turned to the wych-elm.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • But under that wych-elm—honestly, I see little happiness ahead.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • The purse, recognized as Sir Philip's, by the valet of the deceased, was found buried under the wych-elm.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • 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.

  • The food is wych-elm (Ulmus montana), but beech and hazel are said to be eaten at times: August to October.

  • One of these, a wych-elm (Scotch elm of some books), was so large that I insisted on having it measured.

    Our Hundred Days in Europe Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • A wych-elm tree, a vine, a wisp of hay with dew on it—can passion for such things be transmitted where there is no bond of blood?

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • We messed away with a garage all among the wych-elm roots, and last year we enclosed a bit of the meadow and attempted a rockery.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • She could not see the wych-elm tree, but a branch of the celebrated vine, studded with velvet knobs had covered the perch.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for wych-elm


Eurasian elm tree, Ulmus glabra, having a rounded shape, longish pointed leaves, clusters of small flowers, and winged fruits
the wood of this tree
Word Origin
C17: from Old English wice wych-elm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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