elderflower

noun el·der·flow·er \ ˈel-dər-ˌflau̇(-ə)r \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

Definition of elderflower

: the flower of an elderberry (such as Sambucus nigra) used especially in making wines, liqueurs, and teas
  • On its own, this 40-proof liqueur, said to be the first made from fresh elderflowers hand-picked in the Alps and macerated in eau de vie, is pretty intense unless it's cut with ice and a splash of soda.
  • —Florence Fabricant
  • … Percy heaved an impressive sigh and took a deep swig of elderflower wine …
  • —J. K. Rowling

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1562

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