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Definition of "elderberry" [el•der•ber•ry]

  • The small, edible, purplish-black fruit of the common American elder (Sambucus canadensis), sometimes used to make wine or preserves. (noun)
  • A shrub or tree that bears elderberries. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "elderberry" in a sentence
  • "The brilliant yellow foliage of the Amsonia combined with the dark foliage of the elderberry is a knock-out combination."
  • "Dixon-Cravens is also a fan of elderberry, which is the active ingredient in GNC's new ViraBloc lozenges."
  • "There were 2 types of jam, one that looked like blueberry and the other looked like figs. I went for the blueberry (later found out it is called elderberry) jam as that seemed to be the popular one."
Words like "elderberry"
black elder
common elder
European elder