el·​der·​ber·​ry | \ ˈel-dər-ˌber-ē How to pronounce elderberry (audio) , ˈel-də-, -ˌbe-rē \

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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Examples of elderberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The California blue elderberry is a tree of life and possibility, flowering and providing fruit. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2021 Today, Herbal Deva specializes in elderberry syrups and vinegars, teas, vinegars and other products from wild roses, turmeric, ginger, mugwort, raspberry leaves, dandelions, basil and other plants grown in Connecticut. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 30 June 2021 Those are just a few of the malicious messages Hannah Setzer has received in the past month on a social media page dedicated to her elderberry business. Washington Post, 16 June 2021 The Immunity combines elderberry—the fruit of the Sambucus tree commonly used to treat cold and flu symptoms—with medicinal mushrooms and Ashwagandha to reduce anxiety. Anna Haines, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The farm's first elderberry crop will be ripe for picking sometime in August. Sarah Michels, The Enquirer, 10 June 2021 One study found anthocyanins (also found in red cabbage, grape skin, elderberry and purple corn) are especially high in the purple sweet potato as compared to other fruits and vegetables containing the nutrient. Rachel Boller, chicagotribune.com, 23 Mar. 2021 In fact, Goop has already come under fire for promoting the nonexistent flu-preventing properties of elderberry chew on their website. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 18 Feb. 2021 The elderberry plant, Sambucus nigra, is a good source of protein, amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of elderberry

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Elderberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elderberry. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of elderberry

: 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


el·​der·​ber·​ry | \ ˈel-dər-ˌber-ē How to pronounce elderberry (audio) \
plural elderberries

Kids Definition of elderberry

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


el·​der·​ber·​ry | \ ˈel-də(r)-ˌber-ē How to pronounce elderberry (audio) \
plural elderberries

Medical Definition of elderberry

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 sense 2

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