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slippery elm

noun
1.
an elm, Ulmus rubra, of eastern North America, having a mucilaginous inner bark.
2.
the bark of this elm, used as a demulcent.
Origin of slippery elm
1740-1750
1740-50
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Historical Examples
  • The women's hair is made very stiff and shiny by a paste prepared from a wood which resembles the slippery-elm.

  • In some instances, emetics and cathartics are necessary; mucilages, as gum arabic or slippery-elm bark, would be good.

  • Flaxseed or slippery-elm decoction must be given to sooth the inflamed mucous surface.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • The inner bark and the root of the slippery-elm are not only pleasant to the taste but are said to be nutritious.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • The buds of the white elm are smooth, those of the slippery-elm are hairy.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • The slippery-elm resembles the white elm, but there are differences by which you can know it.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • Then you cannot mistake the inner bark of the slippery-elm, which is fragrant, thick, and gummy.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • They make excellent poultices from the bark of the bass and the slippery-elm.

    Life in the Backwoods Susanna Moodie
  • Characteristic and beautiful form, smooth buds; leaves, smaller than those of slippery-elm, are rough only when rubbed one way.

British Dictionary definitions for slippery-elm

slippery elm

noun
1.
a tree, Ulmus fulva, of E North America, having oblong serrated leaves, notched winged fruits, and a mucilaginous inner bark
2.
the bark of this tree, used medicinally as a demulcent
Also called red elm
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