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slippery elm

  1. an elm, Ulmus rubra, of eastern North America, having a mucilaginous inner bark.
  2. the bark of this elm, used as a demulcent.
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Origin of slippery elm

First recorded in 1740–50
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Examples from the Web for slippery elm

Historical Examples of slippery elm

  • The buds of the white elm are smooth, those of the slippery-elm are hairy.

    On the Trail

    Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard

  • They make excellent poultices from the bark of the bass and the slippery-elm.

    Life in the Backwoods

    Susanna Moodie

  • The women's hair is made very stiff and shiny by a paste prepared from a wood which resembles the slippery-elm.

  • In some instances, emetics and cathartics are necessary; mucilages, as gum arabic or slippery-elm bark, would be good.

  • Characteristic and beautiful form, smooth buds; leaves, smaller than those of Slippery-elm, are rough only when rubbed one way.

British Dictionary definitions for slippery elm

slippery elm

  1. a tree, Ulmus fulva, of E North America, having oblong serrated leaves, notched winged fruits, and a mucilaginous inner bark
  2. the bark of this tree, used medicinally as a demulcent
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Also called: red elm
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