Dwarf elder
Dwarf Dwarf, n.; pl. {Dwarfs}. [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.] 1. An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind. [1913 Webster]

2. Especially: A diminutive human being, small in stature due to a pathological condition which causes a distortion of the proportions of body parts to each other, such as the limbs, torso, and head. A person of unusually small height who has normal body proportions is usually called a {midget}. [PJC]

Note: During the Middle Ages dwarfs as well as fools shared the favor of courts and the nobility. [1913 Webster]

3. (Folklore) A small, usually misshapen person, typically a man, who may have magical powers; mythical dwarves were often depicted as living underground in caves. [PJC]

Note: Dwarf is used adjectively in reference to anything much below the usual or normal size; as, a dwarf pear tree; dwarf honeysuckle. [1913 Webster]

{Dwarf elder} (Bot.), danewort.

{Dwarf wall} (Arch.), a low wall, not as high as the story of a building, often used as a garden wall or fence. --Gwilt. [1913 Webster]


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  • Dwarf elder — Elder El der, n. [OE. ellern, eller, AS. ellen, cf. LG. elloorn; perh. akin to OHG. holantar, holuntar, G. holunder; or perh. to E. alder, n.] (Bot.) A genus of shrubs ({Sambucus}) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dwarf elder — žolinis šeivamedis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Šeivamedinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Sambucus ebulus), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, Europoje ir vakarų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Sambucus ebulus angl. blood elder; Danewort;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • dwarf-elder — šiurkščioji aralija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Aralijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Aralia hispida), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Aralia hispida angl. bristly sarsaparilla; bristly spikenard; dwarf elder …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • dwarf elder — noun 1. bristly herb of eastern and central North America having black fruit and medicinal bark • Syn: ↑bristly sarsaparilla, ↑bristly sarsparilla, ↑Aralia hispida • Hypernyms: ↑subshrub, ↑suffrutex • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dwarf — Dwarf, n.; pl. {Dwarfs}. [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.] 1. An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species or kind …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dwarf wall — Dwarf Dwarf, n.; pl. {Dwarfs}. [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS. dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel. dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.] 1. An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size of its species… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Elder — El der, n. [OE. ellern, eller, AS. ellen, cf. LG. elloorn; perh. akin to OHG. holantar, holuntar, G. holunder; or perh. to E. alder, n.] (Bot.) A genus of shrubs ({Sambucus}) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red berries.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Elder tree — Elder El der, n. [OE. ellern, eller, AS. ellen, cf. LG. elloorn; perh. akin to OHG. holantar, holuntar, G. holunder; or perh. to E. alder, n.] (Bot.) A genus of shrubs ({Sambucus}) having broad umbels of white flowers, and small black or red… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dwarf alder — may refer to various plants: Rhamnus alnifolia Alnus viridis subsp. fruticosa Fothergilla major Similar names dwarf elder This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an …   Wikipedia

  • Dwarf Fortress — Slaves to Armok II: Dwarf Fortress Entwickler: Bay 12 Games Plattform(en): Win 98 und neuere Windows Systeme, OS X 10.3, Linux Engine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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