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box elder

a North American maple, Acer negundo, having light gray-brown bark, pinnate, coarsely toothed leaves, and dry, winged fruit, cultivated as a shade tree, and yielding a light, soft wood used in making furniture, woodenware, etc.
Origin of box elder
1780-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I think windbreaks a benefit; would make them of box-elder, ash, or red cedar.

    The Apple Various
  • Windbreaks are essential; would make them of one row of box-elder and two rows of plums.

    The Apple Various
  • The moon was shining now, and there was the path through the pasture, and there was the fence, and there was the box-elder.

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster Edward Eggleston
  • I believe a windbreak of box-elder or evergreens is beneficial but not essential.

    The Apple Various
  • It was surrounded by a windbreak of cottonwood and box-elder trees, several rows, seven feet apart each way.

    The Apple Various
  • The stream was wooded with cottonwood, box-elder, and cherry, with currant and serviceberry bushes.

  • By seven o'clock we had moored the boats a few yards up its mouth and we made a comfortable camp in a box-elder grove.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • Windbreaks are not essential, but are very desirable; would make them of Osage orange, Russian mulberries, or box-elder.

    The Apple Various
  • Windbreaks are essential, and I would make them of cottonwood, box-elder or catalpa planted in rows on the north side.

    The Apple Various
  • Windbreaks are essential; would make them of Osage orange and box-elder on both south and west sides of the orchard.

    The Apple Various
British Dictionary definitions for box-elder

box elder

a medium-sized fast-growing widely cultivated North American maple, Acer negundo, which has compound leaves with lobed leaflets Also called ash-leaved maple
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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