Adjective "elm" definition and examples

(Elm may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A tall deciduous tree which typically has rough serrated leaves and propagates from root suckers.
  1. 'The Asian longhorned beetle that invaded New York in 1996 has since killed thousands of the state's hardwood trees, including maples, elms, willows, and poplars.'
  2. 'On watching them, I also spotted a patch between the roots of a nearby elm tree where a pillow of liverwort grew.'
  3. 'They'll be squawking from the lindens, elms, and maples where cicadas sang during summer days.'
  4. 'It grows on trees, particularly elms, in open situations such as hedges or parklands.'
  5. 'In the past he has been involved with replacing ‘landmark’ trees in other villages, including the elm tree in Elm Tree Square, Embsay, and a sycamore in the centre of Langcliffe.'
  6. 'Oriental plane trees, cypresses and elms were planted in straight rows to provide structure and shade, while groves of fruit trees added colour and scent, with blossom in spring and summer and fruit at harvest time.'
  7. 'The trees are also familiar, these most impressive oaks, maples, elms and ash, for they somehow survive the hardship of an urban landscape.'
  8. 'See any elms or oak trees or other non-native species?'
  9. 'They are attracted specially by mature oaks and elms scattered about country parks but also visit orchards and alder carrs.'
  10. 'Beyond the pane of glass, oaks, elms, and maples are a swelling tide of green, lapping to and fro in hardworking winds.'

More definitions

1. any tree of the genus Ulmus, as U. procera (English elm) characterized by the gradually spreading columnar manner of growth of its branches.Compare American elm, elm family.

2. the wood of such a tree.

More examples(as adjective)

"walls can be elm."


Old English, of Germanic origin; related to German dialect Ilm, and Swedish and Norwegian alm.