[kroo m-hohlts]

noun, plural krumm·holz.

a forest of stunted trees near the timber line on a mountain.

Origin of krummholz

1900–05; < German, equivalent to krumm crooked (Old High German krumb; see cromorne) + Holz wood; see holt
Also called elfinwood. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for krummholz



botany another name for elfin forest, woodland

Word Origin for krummholz

C20: from German krumm bent + Holz wood
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