Elm(?), n. [AS. elm; akin to D. olm, OHG. elm, G. ulme, Icel. almr, Dan. & Sw. alm, L. ulmus, and E. alder. Cf. Old.] (Bot.) A tree of the genus Ulmus, of several species, much used as a shade tree, particularly in America. The English elm is Ulmus campestris; the common American or white elm is U. Americana; the slippery or red elm, U. fulva.
(Zol.), one of several species of beetles (esp. Galeruca calmariensis), which feed on the leaves of the elm. --
(Zol.), one of several species of beetles of which the larv bore into the wood or under the bark of the elm (esp. Saperda tridentata). --
(Zol.), one of several species of butterflies, which, in the caterpillar state, feed on the leaves of the elm (esp. Vanessa antiopa and Grapta comma). See
Comma butterfly, under Comma. --
(Zol.), one of numerous species of moths of which the larv destroy the leaves of the elm (esp. Eugonia subsignaria, called elm spanworm). --
(Zol.), a large sawfly (Cimbex Americana). The larva, which is white with a black dorsal stripe, feeds on the leaves of the elm.
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