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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People also make wine from blackberries and elderberries.
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First Known Use of elderberry
ELDERBERRY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of elderberry for Students
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 Definition of elderberry
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