Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See witch-elm, witchhazel.

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

  • noun (Bot.) A species of elm (Ulmus montana) found in Northern and Western Europe; Scotch elm.

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  • noun botany An elm (Ulmus montana) found in northern and western Europe; Scotch elm.

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

  • noun Eurasian elm often planted as a shade tree

Etymologies

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Old English wiche a kind of elm, Anglo-Saxon wice a kind of tree. Compare wicker.

Examples

  • Thence she wandered into all the nooks around the place from which the sound seemed to proceed — among the huge laurestines, about the tufts of pampas grasses, amid the variegated hollies, under the weeping wych-elm — nobody was there.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • She backed on to the bridge, reversed, let the car run forwards a few yards along the road, then backed into the lane, under a wych-elm tree, crushing the grass and bracken.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • We had a fairly straight course along the river for two or three miles, and on our way called to see an enormous wych-elm tree in Sharpham Park, the branches of which were said to cover a quarter of an acre of ground.

    From John O'Groats to Land's End

  • Every summer she would fear lest the well should give out, every winter lest the pipes should freeze; every westerly gale might blow the wych-elm down and bring the end of all things, and so she could not read or talk during a westerly gale.

    Howards End

  • The nine windows, the vine, and the wych-elm had no pleasant connections for her, and she would have preferred to spend the afternoon at a concert.

    Howards End

  • He had drawn her out of the house, where there was danger of surprise and light; he had led her by a path he knew, until they stood under the column of the vast wych-elm.

    Howards End

  • Teeth, pigs 'teeth, could be seen in the bark of the wych-elm tree -- just the white tips of them showing.

    Howards End

  • But under that wych-elm -- honestly, I see little happiness ahead.

    Howards End

  • A wych-elm tree, a vine, a wisp of hay with dew on it -- can passion for such things be transmitted where there is no bond of blood?

    Howards End

  • "No, better'n nothing," said Miss Avery, and turned to the wych-elm.

    Howards End

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