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guelder rose

[gel-der] /ˈgɛl dər/
a shrub, Viburnum opulus, of the honeysuckle family, native to the Old World, having broad clusters of white flowers and scarlet fruit.
Origin of guelder rose
First recorded in 1590-1600; after Guelders Unabridged
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  • And it is impossible to bear with the guelder-rose—the guelder-rose must be adored.

    Browning's Heroines Ethel Colburn Mayne
  • Judith with one finger trifled with the guelder-rose bunch in her lap musingly, not desirous to resume her play with it.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • It is the parent of the well-known guelder-rose, which is merely its double-flowered form.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
  • The guelder-rose's summer snow-balls, and the mock-orange with its penetrating odor, whiten the still gardens as we pass.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton
  • At the sides of the house were bushes of lilac and guelder-rose and privet, entirely hiding the farm buildings behind.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • I plucked a few bunches of guelder-rose fruits, transparent, ruby berries.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • Two squirrels one day ran along the palings and up into a guelder-rose tree in the garden.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • Mrs. Bickford leaned over to pick up a heavy-headed guelder-rose that had dropped on the floor.

    The Life of Nancy Sarah Orne Jewett
British Dictionary definitions for guelder-rose


a Eurasian caprifoliaceous shrub, Viburnum opulus, with clusters of white flowers and small red fruits
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch geldersche roos, from Gelderland or Gelders, province of Holland
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