Definitions

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  • n. A kind of tree in the elm family (genus Zelkova).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of apetalous trees, of the order Urticaceæ and tribe Celtideæ.

Etymologies

Borrowed 1893 from New Latin (genus name) from Russian дзельква (dzel’kva, "tree, wood"), from a Caucasian language, possibly Georgian ძელქვა (dzelkva), possibly from ძელი ქვა (dzeli kva, "corbel, beam stone"), from ძელი (dzeli, "beam") + ქვა (kva, "stone"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You can walk the length of Omotesando in about 15 minutes, but take time to soak in its shops, cafes, wide sidewalks and beautiful zelkova trees.

    City Walk: Tokyo

  • The young man thus found himself the owner of the big house and he let everyone rest under the big zelkova tree beside his gate.

    Asian-Pacific Folktales and Legends

  • A young man, feeling like he was broiling, looked across the field where he was working at a large zelkova tree in the distance.

    Asian-Pacific Folktales and Legends

  • Even up into the branches of the old gray bark zelkova that looms over the 3 story tall apartments.

    madrigle Diary Entry

  • The inventory found that the London plane tree is most abundant (13.8 percent of the inventory), followed by Japanese zelkova (8.1 percent); Willow Oak (7.5 percent);

    Top Stories | nashvillecitypaper.com

  • The class 'design will add fixed and moveable tables and chairs to the plaza and remove sections of concrete to plant Utah native plants, including Mormon tea bushes, zelkova trees and western sagebrush.

    The Daily Utah Chronicle RSS

  • Designed for walking, the boulevard is flanked by shady Japanese zelkova (keyaki) trees, the leaves of which change colour with the seasons.

    TODAYonline

  • Bailey recalls that the property was originally a horse pasture - the original barn still stands on the grounds of the home - and the first trees planted by her parents were some Scarlet oaks and a zelkova.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • That we would be curious about a Callery pear on Union St. or a Japanese zelkova on 5th Ave.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • There will be 25, not 10: 15 Valley Forge elms and 10 green vase Japanese zelkova trees ….

    The Barnstable Patriot

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  • "A huge, towering zelkova tree stood just inside the front gate. People said it was at least a hundred and fifty years old. Standing at its base, you could look up and see nothing of the sky through its dense cover of green leaves."
    Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, translated by Jay Rubin, p 11

    September 9, 2010

  • Tree in the elm family (Ulmaceae). Populations of the six species of this genus occur in southern Europe and Asia. The genus was once common to North America and greater Europe as well, as evidenced from the fossil record. Pliocene-Pleistocene climate change and tectonics (mountain-building and resultant rain shadows and other factors) extirpated the North American species and have restricted the extant species of this genus to their current ranges.

    November 10, 2009