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 What’s more, the elderberry extract helps balance the skin’s microbiome. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 12 Aug. 2022 Choose at least one smaller tree, like elderberry, California black walnut or laurel, plus berry-rich shrubs like toyon and low-growing or groundcover plants like mugwort to grow under and around the oak tree. Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2022 Ingredients include green tea, chamomile, sunflower seed oil, cranberry seed oil, pomegranate extract, black elderberry, and grape seed extract, among others. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 May 2022 Viewers can find videos about traditional healing practices, such as how elders in their community put Spanish moss in their shoes to lower their blood pressure, and used elderberry tea to ease inflammation. Maya Eaglin, NBC News, 20 June 2022 In current times Elm & Rye’s elderberry gummies are used to prevent cold and flu symptoms. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 May 2022 Common elderberry fruit is a food source for birds, and its thickets provide habitat. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 May 2022 But the concentrated blend of arnica, borage, alfalfa, borage, elderberry, meadowsweet and calendula provides a healthy dose of skin-soothing goodness to ensure that the largest organ in your body remains healthy. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 5 May 2022 Several local plants have been historically used by the Kumeyaay for medicinal purposes, including elderberry, Cumper said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of elderberry

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for elderberry


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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