box elder

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noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for box elder

box elder

noun

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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