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yelm (plural yelms)

  1. a bundle of straw used for thatch
    • 1952: The thatcher then laid the 'yelms', or bunches of drawn straw, on the laths, beginning at the eaves and working up towards the ridge. — L.F. Salzman, Building in England, p. 224.


yelm (third-person singular simple present yelms, present participle yelming, simple past and past participle yelmed)

  1. to prepare straw for use as thatch
    • 1952: The preparation of straw for thatch, which was known as 'yelming', consisted in damping it and 'drawing' it with a thatching-fork, or great comb, so as to get the straws parallel. — L.F. Salzman, Building in England, p. 224.