Elm meaning

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The wood of one of these trees.
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Any of various deciduous trees of the genus Ulmus, characteristically having arching or curving branches, serrate leaves with asymmetric bases, and small winged fruit.
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Designating a family (Ulmaceae, order Urticales) of dicotyledonous trees growing largely in the North Temperate Zone.
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Any of a genus (Ulmus) of tall, deciduous shade trees of the elm family, once widely planted as a lawn tree.
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Its hard, heavy wood.
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(countable) A tree of the genus Ulmus of the family Ulmaceae, large deciduous trees with alternate stipulate leaves and small apetalous flowers.
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(uncountable, usually) Wood from an elm tree.
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(metrology) Symbol for the exalumen, an SI unit of luminous flux equal to 1018 lumens.
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Origin of elm

  • Middle English from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”)).

    From Wiktionary