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[el-der-ber-ee, -buh-ree] /ˈɛl dərˌbɛr i, -bə ri/
noun, plural elderberries.
the berrylike fruit of the elder, used in making wine and jelly.
elder2 .
Origin of elderberry
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English eldirbery. See elder2, berry Unabridged
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  • The close ranks of the elderberry bushes lining the fences on the final hill-top lent themselves to the concealment he now sought.

    The Chief Legatee Anna Katharine Green
  • The juice of the elderberry is excellent in fevers, and is also said to promote longevity.

    Food Remedies Florence Daniel
  • The elderberry is not sufficiently common in Portugal to make the continuation of this process popular with wine-makers.

  • Mr. Rabbit hadn't waited long before he saw some one come out of the elderberry bushes and hurry up to the stump.

    The Tale of Peter Mink Arthur Scott Bailey
  • One elderberry island was so set with scarlet sprays of berries that from our height no foliage could be seen.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • Colouring matter is usually employed for the red wines, the least noxious resource being a plentiful admixture of elderberry.

    Rome Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • David Songsparrow, who had his nest in the elderberry bush over by the fence, came flying into the woods.

  • It is made out of a piece of elderberry wood about five inches long, a small glass vial, and a piece of sponge.

    The Boy Craftsman A. Neely Hall
  • Sassyfrass is good for a lonesum stummuk, pokeroot is an alteratiff, and elderberry was known to the anshients, but what!

    Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings Henry Wheeler Shaw
  • elderberry wine is generally taken mulled with spice, and warm.

British Dictionary definitions for elderberry


noun (pl) -ries
the berry-like fruit of the elder, used for making wines, jellies, etc
another name for elder1 (sense 1)
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