Found 2 items, similar to Dwarf elder.
English → English
Definition: dwarf elder
n 1: dwarf herbaceous elder of Europe having pink flowers and a
nauseous odor [syn: danewort
, Sambucus ebulus
2: bristly herb of eastern and central North America having
black fruit and medicinal bark [syn: bristly sarsaparilla
, Aralia hispida
English → English
Definition: Dwarf elder
, n.; pl. Dwarfs
. [OE. dwergh, dwerf, dwarf, AS.
dweorg, dweorh; akin to D. dwerg, MHG. twerc, G. zwerg, Icel.
dvergr, Sw. & Dan. dverg; of unknown origin.]
1. An animal or plant which is much below the ordinary size
of its species or kind.
2. Especially: A diminutive human being, small in stature due
to a pathological condition which causes a distortion of
the proportions of body parts to each other, such as the
limbs, torso, and head. A person of unusually small height
who has normal body proportions is usually called a
Note: During the Middle Ages dwarfs as well as fools shared
the favor of courts and the nobility.
3. (Folklore) A small, usually misshapen person, typically a
man, who may have magical powers; mythical dwarves were
often depicted as living underground in caves.
Note: Dwarf is used adjectively in reference to anything much
below the usual or normal size; as, a dwarf pear tree;
(Arch.), a low wall, not as high as the story of
a building, often used as a garden wall or fence. --Gwilt.
, n. [OE. ellern, eller, AS. ellen, cf. LG.
elloorn; perh. akin to OHG. holantar, holuntar, G. holunder;
or perh. to E. alder, n.] (Bot.)
A genus of shrubs (Sambucus
) having broad umbels of white
flowers, and small black or red berries.
Note: 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. The
European elder (Sambucus nigra
) is also called the
, Old World elder
, black elder
, and common elder
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
. See under 1st Box
. See Danewort
. (Bot.) Same as Elder
, the cranberry tree Viburnum Opulus