elderberry

noun el·der·ber·ry \ ˈel-dər-ˌber-ē , ˈel-də- , -ˌbe-rē \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of elderberry

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

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First Known Use of elderberry

1589


ELDERBERRY Defined for English Language Learners

elderberry

noun

Definition of elderberry for English Language Learners

  • : a black or red berry that comes from a type of bush or tree with bunches of white or pink flowers

  • : a tree or bush that produces elderberries


ELDERBERRY Defined for Kids

elderberry

noun el·der·ber·ry \ ˈel-dər-ˌber-ē \

Definition of elderberry for Students

plural elderberries
1 : a shrub or small tree with clusters of small white flowers and a black or red berrylike fruit
2 : the fruit of the elderberry

Medical Dictionary

elderberry

noun el·der·ber·ry \ ˈel-də(r)-ˌber-ē \

medical Definition of elderberry

plural elderberries
1 : the edible black or red berrylike drupe of a tree or shrub of the genus Sambucus that is eaten raw or processed into preserves or wines
2 : any tree or shrub of the genus Sambucus including several whose flowers or fruits were once considered to have medicinal properties — see bourtree, sambucus 2


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