elderberry

noun
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 Wellness influencers have recommended elderberry, and QAnon leaders have advised followers to purchase a product called Miracle Mineral Solution. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Paging Dr. Hamblin: Does Vitamin D Help Fight COVID-19?," 3 June 2020 Cankers appear on an elderberry as sunken wood or flesh on the trunk or stem. oregonlive, "Need tips on best choices for plants used as hedges? Ask an expert," 23 May 2020 The elderberries have been growing like gangbusters. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hartford couple started farming to feed their family, and then the idea grew," 8 May 2020 Evidence that elderberry can help people with flu symptoms is spotty. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, "Don’t Trust Memes That Promise Coronavirus Cures," 18 Mar. 2020 Botryosphaeria canker, Diaporthe stem canker and Nectria canker are among diseases that affect elderberry. oregonlive, "Need tips on best choices for plants used as hedges? Ask an expert," 23 May 2020 One of the more convincing studies found that supplementation with elderberry substantially reduced upper respiratory symptoms when taken for the cold and flu. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "How to strengthen your immunity to coronavirus. Part 1: Diet," 25 Mar. 2020 Sales of elderberry supplements, which are marketed for immune support, are up 415 percent. New York Times, "Supplements for Coronavirus Probably Won’t Help, and May Harm," 23 Mar. 2020 Taking your vitamins Social media is full of suggestions about taking additional vitamins — C is a popular one — and ingesting things like garlic, pepper, mint or elderberry. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, "Don’t Trust Memes That Promise Coronavirus Cures," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of elderberry

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 13 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for elderberry

elderberry

noun
How to pronounce elderberry (audio)

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

elderberry

noun
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

elderberry

noun
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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