Definition of Dutch elm disease noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Dutch elm disease

BrE BrE//ˌdʌtʃ ˈelm dɪziːz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdʌtʃ ˈelm dɪziːz//
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a disease that kills elm trees Culture Dutch elm disease is caused by a fungus carried by a type of insect. It seriously affected elm trees in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s, killing about 20 million of them.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Dutch elm disease