The common North American species is Sambucus Canadensis; the common European species (S. Nigra) forms a small tree. The red-berried elder is S. Pubens. The berries are diaphoretic and aperient. Box elder. See 1st Box. Dwarf elder. See Danewort. Elder tree.
Origin: OE. Ellern, eller, AS. Ellen, cf. LG. Elloorn; perh. Akin to OHG. Holantar, holuntar, G. Holunder; or perh. To E. Alder, n.
(01 Mar 1998)
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