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box elder

noun
  1. a North American maple, Acer negundo, having light gray-brown bark, pinnate, coarsely toothed leaves, and dry, winged fruit, cultivated as a shade tree, and yielding a light, soft wood used in making furniture, woodenware, etc.
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Origin of box elder

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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Historical Examples

  • Windbreaks are essential; would make them of one row of box-elder and two rows of plums.

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  • Windbreaks are essential; I would make them of three rows of box-elder or Osage orange.

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  • I think windbreaks essential, and use maple, box-elder, and Scotch pine.

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  • I believe a windbreak of box-elder or evergreens is beneficial but not essential.

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  • I think windbreaks a benefit; would make them of box-elder, ash, or red cedar.

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British Dictionary definitions for box elder

box elder

noun
  1. a medium-sized fast-growing widely cultivated North American maple, Acer negundo, which has compound leaves with lobed leafletsAlso called: ash-leaved maple
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