elderberry
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. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common North American species is {Sambucus Canadensis}; the common European species ({S. nigra}) forms a small tree. The red-berried elder is {S. pubens}. The berries are diaphoretic and aperient. The European elder ({Sambucus nigra}) is also called the {elderberry}, {bourtree}, {Old World elder}, {black elder}, and {common elder}. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

{Box elder}. See under 1st {Box}.

{Dwarf elder}. See {Danewort}.

{Elder tree}. (Bot.) Same as {Elder}. --Shak.

{Marsh elder}, the cranberry tree {Viburnum Opulus}). [1913 Webster]


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  • elderberry — el der*ber ry, n. (Bot.) 1. The berrylike drupe of the elder. That of the Old World elder ({Sambucus nigra}) and that of the American sweet elder ({S. Canadensis}) are sweetish acid, and are eaten as a berry or made into wines or jellies.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elderberry — ► NOUN ▪ the berry of the elder, used for making jelly or wine …   English terms dictionary

  • elderberry — [el′dərber΄ē] n. pl. elderberries 1. ELDER2 (sense 1) 2. its berry, or drupe, used for making wine, jelly, etc …   English World dictionary

  • elderberry — UK [ˈeldə(r)ˌberɪ] / US [ˈeldərˌberɪ] noun [countable] Word forms elderberry : singular elderberry plural elderberries a small round black fruit that grows on an elder tree elderberry wine …   English dictionary

  • elderberry — kanadinis šeivamedis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Šeivamedinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, maistinis, prieskoninis, vaisinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Sambucus canadensis), paplitęs Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. Iš jo gaminami maisto priedai …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • elderberry — noun Elderberry is used before these nouns: ↑wine …   Collocations dictionary

  • elderberry — el|der|ber|ry [ eldər,beri ] noun count a small round black fruit that grows on an elder tree: elderberry wine …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • elderberry — [[t]e̱ldə(r)beri[/t]] elderberries 1) N COUNT: usu pl Elderberries are the edible black berries that grow on an elder bush or tree. 2) N VAR An elderberry is an elder bush or tree …   English dictionary

  • elderberry — noun Date: 1589 1. the edible black or red berrylike drupe of any of a genus (Sambucus) of shrubs or trees of the honeysuckle family bearing flat clusters of small white or pink flowers 2. a tree or shrub bearing elderberries …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • elderberry — /el deuhr ber ee, beuh ree/, n., pl. elderberries. 1. the berrylike fruit of the elder, used in making wine and jelly. 2. elder2. [1400 50; late ME eldirbery. See ELDER2, BERRY] * * * …   Universalium

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