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Elder (noun)

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E'lder. n.s. [llaꞃa, Saxon.] The name of a tree.

The branches are full of pith, having but little wood: the flowers are monopetalous, divided into several segments, and expand in form of a rose: these are, for the most part, collected into an umbel, and are succeeded by soft succulent berries, having three seeds in each. It may be easily propagated from cuttings or seeds; but the former, being the most expeditious method, is generally practiced. The season for planting their cuttings is any time from September to March, thrusting them six or eight inches into the ground. Dwarf elder is near London propagated for medicinal use. Miller.

                        Look for thy reward
Amongst the nettles at the elder tree,
Which overshades the mouth of that same pit.
Sh. Tit. And.

Then seek the bank where flowering elders crowd. Thom.

Sources: Miller, Philip (58) · Thomson, James (73) · Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (16)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Elder (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: March 2, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13989.


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