elderberry

noun

el·​der·​ber·​ry ˈel-dər-ˌber-ē How to pronounce elderberry (audio)
ˈel-də-,
-ˌbe-rē
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 My son comes to my home after work every night and pours me my elderberry wine. Mary G. Pepitone, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 According to the brand, each is infused with a proprietary blend of artichoke leaves, elderberries, green tea leaves, and muscadine grapes. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 27 Sep. 2023 The allergy and immunity booster contains vitamins A, C, D3 & E as well as elderberry extract, omega fatty acids from salmon oil, glucosamine for joint health, biotin for healthy nails & fur, and prebiotics for digestive health. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 12 Dec. 2022 Merus 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (which includes 6 percent Petit Verdot) has a nose of elderberry, blackberry, and candied violet with a hint of charcuterie. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 21 Jan. 2024 Elderberry Helps Regulate Immune System Defenses Popular among wellness influencers on TikTok, elderberry may also pack a punch this cold and flu season. Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn, Health, 29 Sep. 2023 Unfortunately, there was no evidence that elderberry could prevent or treat the viruses. Rachel Morgan Cautero, Parents, 27 Sep. 2023 The 264-page guide offers details on how to manage inevitable fire by designing gardens and wildlife habitats as a defensive space with the careful placement of native plants. instead of invasive butterfly bush, the authors recommend planting mock orange, red-flowering currant or blue elderberry. Jeastman, oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2023 This includes long and passionate debates between Michel, César and youngest brother Léo (who runs a more modest establishment nearby) about a new recipe — should the rhubarb be marinated in elderberry sauce, or not? Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of elderberry was in 1589

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“Elderberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elderberry. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

elderberry

noun
el·​der·​ber·​ry ˈel-də(r)-ˌber-ē How to pronounce elderberry (audio)
1
: the edible black or red fruit of any of a genus of shrubs or trees of the same family as the honeysuckles that produce flat clusters of small white or pink flowers
2
: any tree or shrub that produces elderberries

Medical Definition

elderberry

noun
el·​der·​ber·​ry ˈel-də(r)-ˌber-ē How to pronounce elderberry (audio)
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 sense 2

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