Witch-elm

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Witch-elm (Bot) See Wych-elm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n witch-elm The winged elm or wahoo.
    • n witch-elm Occasionally, and improperly, applied to the witch-hazel.
    • n witch-elm An elm. Ulmus montana, of hilly districts in western and northern Europe and northern Asia; the common wild elm of Scotland, Ireland, and the northern and western parts of England. It is less tall than the common English elm (U. campestris), but is a considerable tree, of picturesque habit, the trunk branching naturally near the base, the leaves broadly ovate. The wood has the fine-grained, tough, and elastic quality of U. campestris, and is preferred for bent work, as in boat-building. In southeastern England a variety of the common elm is also called by this name.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Witch-elm wich the common wild elm—also Witch′-hā′zel
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wice, the service-tree—wícan, to bend.

Usage

In literature:

One summer afternoon, while Harold rested indoors, Mavis gave Perigal tea beneath the shade of a witch-elm on the lawn.
"Sparrows" by Horace W. C. Newte
In the neighbouring village of North Hinksey, about a mile across the meadows, stands the Witches' Elm.
"From John O'Groats to Land's End" by Robert Naylor and John Naylor
This stealthy meeting under the old elm tree near the witching hour of midnight was quite to Hervey's taste.
"Tom Slade on Mystery Trail" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Near by a huge witch-elm butt, sawed into three steps, shaped a horse-block.
"The Red Debt" by Everett MacDonald
The other woods most in request were elm, witch-hazel, and ash.
"Notes and Queries, Vol. IV, Number 99, September 20, 1851" by Various
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In news:

Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, The Excorcist, Blair Witch Project, Michael McDonald Yea, you heard right, Michael McDonald.
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