from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See elm.


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  • But culture is something that must grow; you cannot build a tree, you can only plant it, and care for it, and wait for it to mature in its due time; and when it is grown you must not complain if you find that from an acorn has come an oak, and not an elm-tree.

    The Great Experiment

  • At last I found tongue to say, pointing to the elm-tree:

    Letters of Two Brides

  • The iron stake, and the iron chain which was to bind him to it, were fixed up near a great elm-tree in

    A Child's History of England

  • The conference was held beneath an old wide-spreading green elm-tree, upon a plain in France.

    A Child's History of England

  • I watched this delicious picture a while from my hiding-place by the great elm-tree, and should have turned away no doubt and respected their privacy, if it had not been for a chance discovery.

    A Woman of Thirty

  • And yet this Richard wore the Cross, which the Kings of France and England had both taken, in the previous year, at a brotherly meeting underneath the old wide-spreading elm-tree on the plain, when they had sworn (like him) to devote themselves to a new Crusade, for the love and honour of the

    A Child's History of England

  • Not one of those clever Frenchmen, who aspire to marry me, has had the brilliant idea of spending the night in an elm-tree at the risk of being carried off by the watch.

    Letters of Two Brides

  • The landscape lay in all its beauty, sparkling in the spring sunlight, as I stood looking out over it one morning, my back against a huge elm-tree that flung its yellow flowers to the wind.

    A Woman of Thirty

  • Far-off a cuckoo called; a wood-pigeon was cooing from the first elm-tree in the field, and how the daisies and buttercups had sprung up after the last mowing!

    Indian Summer of a Forsyte

  • A great elm-tree spread its broad branches over it, at the foot of which bubbled up a spring, of the softest and sweetest water, in a little well, formed of a barrel, and then stole sparkling away through the grass to a neighboring brook, that bubbled along among alders and dwarf willows.

    Washington Irving


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