- an elm, Ulmus rubra, of eastern North America, having a mucilaginous inner bark.
- the bark of this elm, used as a demulcent.
Origin of slippery elm
First recorded in 1740–50
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Examples from the Web for 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
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.The Principal Species of Wood: Their Characteristic Properties
Charles H. (Charles Henry) Snow
- a tree, Ulmus fulva, of E North America, having oblong serrated leaves, notched winged fruits, and a mucilaginous inner bark
- the bark of this tree, used medicinally as a demulcent
Also called: red elm
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