Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various deciduous trees of the genus Ulmus, characteristically having arching or curving branches, serrate leaves with asymmetric bases, and small winged fruit.
  • noun The wood of one of these trees.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The common name for species of Ulmus (which see), mostly large trees, some common in cultivation for shade and ornament, for which the majestic height and the wide-spreading and gracefully curving branches of the principal kinds admirably adapt them.
  • noun Of other varieties of elm (comprising some trees more or less closely related to the elm and a few belonging to different families but somewhat resembling elms: those given below are among the most important.
  • noun The wing-elm or winged elm. See wahoo,.
  • noun The winged elm, Ulmus alata, so called in Florida and Arkansas.
  • noun Ulmus serotina, a tree of limited distribution on limestone hills and river-banks in southern Kentucky and northern Alabama and Georgia, only recently distinguished from U. fulva, from which it differs in its much smaller fruit, in the absence of mucilage in the inner bark, and in other respects. The wood is reddish in color.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A tree of the genus Ulmus, of several species, much used as a shade tree, particularly in America. The English elm is Ulmus campestris; the common American or white elm is U. Americana; the slippery or red elm, U. fulva.
  • noun (Zoöl.) one of several species of beetles (esp. Galeruca calmariensis), which feed on the leaves of the elm.
  • noun (Zoöl.) one of several species of beetles of which the larvæ bore into the wood or under the bark of the elm (esp. Saperda tridentata).
  • noun (Zoöl.) one of several species of butterflies, which, in the caterpillar state, feed on the leaves of the elm (esp. Vanessa antiopa and Grapta comma). See Comma butterfly, under Comma.
  • noun (Zoöl.) one of numerous species of moths of which the larvæ destroy the leaves of the elm (esp. Eugonia subsignaria, called elm spanworm).
  • noun (Zoöl.) a large sawfly (Cimbex Americana). The larva, which is white with a black dorsal stripe, feeds on the leaves of the elm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a tree of the genus Ulmus of the family Ulmaceae, large deciduous trees with alternate stipulate leaves and small apetalous flowers
  • noun wood from an elm tree

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun hard tough wood of an elm tree; used for e.g. implements and furniture
  • noun any of various trees of the genus Ulmus: important timber or shade trees

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English.]

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From Old English elm, from Proto-Germanic *elmaz (compare dialectal Low German Elm, dialectal German Ilm, Swedish alm), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁élem 'mountain elm' (compare Irish leamh, Latin ulmus, Albanian ulzë ("maple")).

Examples

  • One large elm out of the two on the left-hand side as you enter what I call the elm walk, was likewise blown down; the maypole bearing the weathercock was broke in two, and what I regret more than all the rest is, that all the three elms which grew in

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters A Family Record

  • Earlier this year at the 2008 Eurocucina show, Italian kitchen manufacturer Snaidero presented the new Kube kitchen model designed by Giovanni Offredi in elm wood, Snaidero has now announced a new version with a gloss ice-white lacquer finish.

    The Kube Kitchen by Giovanni Offredi

  • West Elm Goes Organic west elm is now offering certified organic cotton towels and throws, responsibly grown without the use of herbicides or pesticides and dyed with earth-friendly certified dyes.

    July 2007

  • West Elm Goes Organic west elm is now offering certified organic cotton towels and throws, responsibly grown without the use of herbicides or pesticides and dyed with earth-friendly certified dyes.

    West Elm Goes Organic

  • The two devastating diseases now facing one of the nation's oldest elm stands are Dutch elm disease, a fungal disease spread by the elm bark beetle and a more recent syndrome known as elm yellows.

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  • Ellum was the local pronounciation for the word elm and Deep Ellum was also considered to be far from downtown

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  • Deep Ellum = Elm Street in Dallas because, in Texas, the word elm actually has two syllables.

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  • One large elm, out of the two on the left-hand side as you enter what I call the elm walk, was likewise blown down; the maple bearing the weathercock was broke in two, and what I regret more than all the rest is, that all the three elms which grew in Hall's meadow, and gave such ornament to it, are gone; two were blown down, and the other so much injured that it cannot stand.

    Jane Austen: Her Homes and Her Friends

  • No one is validating or checking any of the data elm is they have surrounded themselves with inexperienced people because of the political favors 'owed.

    Biden says errors on Recovery.gov will be fixed

  • These poems are as heartless as birdsong, as unmeant as elm leaves, which, if they love, love only the wide blue sky and the air and the idea of elm leaves.

    Selected Poems by Robert Bringhurst

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  • A tree associated with nostalgia and algia in general for me; all the elms were dying from Dutch Elm Disease as I grew up.

    November 9, 2007

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    October 24, 2008