Definition of Dutch elm disease in English:

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Dutch elm disease

Pronunciation: /dəCH elm dəˈzēz/

noun

A fungal disease of elm trees that is spread by elm bark beetles. A virulent strain of the fungus that arose in North America in the early 20th century has destroyed the majority of American elms in many areas.
  • The disease is caused by the fungus Ceratocystis ulmi, phylum Ascomycota
Example sentences
  • Previous research has documented the effects of chestnut blight, Dutch elm disease, ash yellows, oak wilt, and beech bark disease on tree diameter distributions in eastern deciduous forests.
  • Another well known exotic is Dutch elm disease, a fungus that actually originated in Asia, came through Europe and on to North America where it has resulted in the death of many native elms in the US and Canada.
  • The beetle-borne Dutch elm disease destroyed one of the nation's great shade trees.

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Syllabification: Dutch elm dis·ease

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