- a shrub or small tree, Frangula alnus, of Eurasia and northern Africa, having nonedible red fruit that turns black when ripe.
Origin of alder buckthorn
First recorded in 1860–65
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- a Eurasian rhamnaceous shrub, Frangula alnus, with small greenish flowers and black berry-like fruits
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