[el-der-ber-ee, -buh-ree]

Origin of elderberry

First recorded in 1400–50, elderberry is from the late Middle English word eldirbery. See elder2, berry
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Examples from the Web for elderberry

Historical Examples of elderberry

  • Ellen, stooping behind the elderberry bushes, held her breath.

    The Wall Between

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • So they all three went into a thicket of elderberry bushes and counted the money.

    The Tale of Peter Mink

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • And in the elderberry tree they found the grey cat-bird's nest.

    Seven O'Clock Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson

  • Then Shaggycoat swam a mile or so up-stream to look for elderberry wood.


    Clarence Hawkes

  • "That was when we were making a market for the stock," Elderberry reminded him.

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt

    Arthur Train

British Dictionary definitions for elderberry


noun plural -ries
  1. the berry-like fruit of the elder, used for making wines, jellies, etc
  2. another name for elder 1 (def. 1)
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