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[kroo m-hohlts]
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noun, plural krumm·holz.
  1. a forest of stunted trees near the timber line on a mountain.
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Origin of krummholz

1900–05; < German, equivalent to krumm crooked (Old High German krumb; see cromorne) + Holz wood; see holt
Also called elfinwood.
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British Dictionary definitions for krummholz


  1. botany another name for elfin forest, woodland
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Word Origin

C20: from German krumm bent + Holz wood
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