rock elm

  1. an elm, Ulmus thomasii, of eastern North America, having deeply furrowed, grayish-brown bark.

  2. the hard, heavy wood of this tree, used for making furniture and in the manufacture of various types of containers.

Origin of rock elm

First recorded in 1820–30

Words Nearby rock elm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rock elm in a sentence

  • After smashing a few to shreds, they supplied us with rock elm piles, and then we managed.

  • At the latter place is located rock elm Institute, a school of high grade, founded in 1880.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest | William Henry Carman Folsom
  • The hockey stick is a curved piece of Canadian rock elm with a flat blade.

    Outdoor Sports and Games | Claude H. Miller
  • "rock elm" and "hickory elm" are names that refer to the hardness of the wood.

    Trees Worth Knowing | Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The rock elm is a valuable variety, esteemed for flexibility and toughness as well as durability and strength.

    Woodworking for Beginners | Charles Gardner Wheeler