Definition of American elder

1. Noun. Common elder of central and eastern North America bearing purple-black berries; fruit used in wines and jellies.

Exact synonyms: Black Elderberry, Sambucus Canadensis, Sweet Elder
Terms within: Elderberry
Generic synonyms: Elder, Elderberry Bush



Lexicographical Neighbors of American Elder

American cranberry bush
American crayfish
American creeper
American cress
American crow
American dewberry
American dog tick
American dog violet
American dogwood
American dun-bar
American dun-bars
American dwarf birch
American eagle
American eagles
American egret
American elder
American elk
American elm
American featherfoil
American feverfew
American flag
American flagfish
American fly honeysuckle
American flying squirrel
American football
American football game
American foxhound
American frogbit
American gallinule
American gentian

Literary usage of American elder

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Ornamental Shrubs of the United States (hardy, Cultivated) by Austin Craig Apgar (1910)
"american elder. species. The silver-leaved, ar- ge'ntea, is a variety of the European ... —-Golden american elder. the taller growth and smaller pith of the ..."

2. Our Northern Shrubs and how to Identify Them: A Handbook for the Nature-lover by Harriet Louise Keeler (1903)
"The flower cluster, instead of being broad and flat like that of the American Elder, is pyramidal. The tiny flowers so dispose themselves that they seem ..."

3. Biltmore Nursery, Biltmore, N.C. (1907)
"american elder. A tall shrub with stout stems filled with white pith. Widely distributed from Canada and ... A splendid companion for the american elder, ..."

4. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1900)
"... canadensis L. american elder. The broad, flat cymes are very numerous and conspicuous. The flowers attract very few visitors, as they contain no honey ..."

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