krummholz

[ kroom-hohlts ]
/ ˈkrʊm hoʊlts /

noun, plural krumm·holz.

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

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Also called elfinwood.

Origin of krummholz

First recorded in 1900–05; from German, equivalent to krumm “crooked, bent, warped, devious” (Old High German krumb ) + Holz “wood”; see origin at crumhorn,holt
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British Dictionary definitions for krummholz

krummholz
/ (ˈkrʊmˌhəʊlts) /

noun

botany another name for elfin forest, woodland

Word Origin for krummholz

C20: from German krumm bent + Holz wood
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