guelder rose

[ gel-der rohz ]

  1. 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

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How to use guelder rose in a sentence

  • There were still some "snowballs" on the great guelder rose-bushes, and the waxberries on the little one's gleamed like pearls.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • The guelder rose bushes were bright with their clumps of red berries, glittering and transparent like Venetian glass.

  • 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


/ (ˈɡɛldəˌrəʊz) /

  1. a Eurasian caprifoliaceous shrub, Viburnum opulus, with clusters of white flowers and small red fruits

Origin of guelder-rose

C16: from Dutch geldersche roos, from Gelderland or Gelders, province of Holland

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