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  Dictionary Definition of elm

elm
noun
1. any tree, mostly deciduous, of the genus Ulmus, family Ulmaceae, of northern temperate regions and mountains of tropical Asia, as English elm, U. procera, a large tree probably once endemic in England, now widely cultivated for shade and ornament, and Chinese elm, U. parvifolia, of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
2. the wood of any such tree.
[ME and OE, c. OHG elm; akin to Icel. almr, L ulmus ]