American elder

noun

Definition of American elder

: an elder (Sambucus canadensis) of eastern North America with pale yellow branches, leaves with usually seven leaflets, flat-topped flower clusters, and purplish black fruit about ¹/₄ inch in diameter

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First Known Use of American elder

1770, in the meaning defined above

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“American elder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20elder. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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