• WordNet 3.6
    • n elderberry berrylike fruit of an elder used for e.g. wines and jellies
    • n elderberry a common shrub with black fruit or a small tree of Europe and Asia; fruit used for wines and jellies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • elderberry The berrylike drupe of the elder. That of the Old World elder (Sambucus nigra) and that of the American sweet elder (S. Canadensis) are sweetish acid, and are eaten as a berry or made into wines or jellies.
    • elderberry the European variety of elder (see 3rd elder), a common black-fruited shrub or small tree of Europe and Asia; the fruit is used for wines and jellies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n elderberry The purplish-black drupaceous fruit of the elder, Sambucus nigra and S. Canadensis, having an acidulous and sweetish taste, and used for making a kind of wine. The inspissated juice is employed as an aperient and a diuretic.
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In literature:

The trouble culminated speedily, for it does not take long to turn out a small glass of elderberry wine, or drink it, for that matter.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
He had eaten his fill from a cluster of elderberries I had hung on the tree, and he lingered to sing a little, as he often did.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
Griselda had no objection to the elderberry wine, though she felt she was having it on false pretences.
"The Cuckoo Clock" by Mrs. Molesworth
A sudden swish, then from under a tangled elderberry bush there emerged a darling little boy.
"The Girl Scouts at Sea Crest" by Lillian Garis
The elderberry is not sufficiently common in Portugal to make the continuation of this process popular with wine-makers.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
Its excellence has made quite a market for elderberries in New York.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
A course in Light Drinks, such as Elderberry Wine.
"The Women of Tomorrow" by William Hard
We were between two enemies, but, fortunately, for us, on the opposite side and behind a big fence crouching in some elderberry bushes.
"The Boy Spy" by Joseph Kerby
One elderberry island was so set with scarlet sprays of berries that from our height no foliage could be seen.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
Just a glass o' your elderberry.
"Gwen Wynn" by Mayne Reid
Just a glass o' your elderberry.
"Gwen Wynn" by Mayne Reid
Colouring matter is usually employed for the red wines, the least noxious resource being a plentiful admixture of elderberry.
"Rome" by Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
Others seek elderberries to sell for making wine, and for a few weeks a trade is done in blackberries.
"The Gamekeeper At Home" by Richard Jefferies
Wine is made from elderberries, which somewhat resembles Frontiniac in flavour.
"The Cries of London" by John Thomas Smith
She dodged behind the heavy elderberry bush and almost gasped in fright.
"The Girl Scouts at Rocky Ledge" by Lilian Garis
It also greedily devours elderberries and other small fruits.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume I (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater
Then Shaggycoat swam a mile or so up-stream to look for elderberry wood.
"Shaggycoat" by Clarence Hawkes
Place cubes and cylinders, one on top of another, and use as tree box with tiny twig or elderberry branch for tree.
"Home Occupations for Boys and Girls" by Bertha Johnston
Towards autumn, when the latter fail, it is contented with elderberries till the time of its departure which never varies.
"The Natural History of Cage Birds" by J. M. Bechstein
Through it all drifted tiny elusive puffs of fragrance from flowers hidden under thickets of willow and elderberry.
"Everyday Adventures" by Samuel Scoville

In poetry:

Where shaken water-wheels go creak and clack,
List while a lorn thrush calls and almost speaks;
See willow-wrens with elderberries black
Staining their slender beaks.
"Kismet" by Jean Ingelow
And when his work was over, they would ramble o'er the lea,
And sit beneath the frondage of an elderberry tree,
And ANNIE'S simple prattle entertained him on his walk,
For public executions formed the subject of her talk.
"Annie Protheroe. A Legend of Stratford-le-Bow" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

COLUMBIA — One knee on the ground, Justin Garnett, 27, scraped an elderberry stem with a knife he made from volcanic glass.
Jockey Corey Nakatani was taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital for X-rays Saturday after his mount, Candace in Paris, clipped heels with Elderberry turning into the stretch and fell.
Elderberry, 2013 Herb of the Year, has plenty of uses in the garden and the kitchen.
Elderberries are "the ultimate local food".
A male valley elderberry longhorn beetle is shown feeding in this US Fish and Wildlife photo from 2007.
Feds consider de-listing valley elderberry longhorn beetle.
Gardeners should respect and grow elderberries , said Tina Marie Wilcox, head gardener and herbalist at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Ark.
Folk healers have long used elderberries to concoct herbal remedies, but the federal government is now investing millions of dollars in studying their potential medicinal benefits.
Elderberries have long been used in herbal teas and cough syrups.
Elderberries are "the ultimate local food".
Go and get yourself some elderberries .
Elderberries are not a new fad—they've been used for centuries in Europe, and were a staple in New England kitchens until a few decades ago.
According to elderberries .com, the plant produces small, dark berries that grow in clusters.
When I quizzed my nearest neighbor about this abundant yet mysterious shrub, she said, "Why, they're plain ol' good-eatin' elderberries , child".
He explains how to forage for wild elderberries which are ripe this time of year in California.