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elder

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Adjective elder has 2 senses
  1. elder, older, sr. - used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son; "Bill Adams, Sr."
    Antonym: junior (indirect, via senior)
  2. big, elder, older - older brother or sister; "big sister"
Noun elder has 3 senses
  1. elder, senior - a person who is older than you are
    --1 is a kind of adult, grownup
    --1 has particulars: dean, doyen; doyenne
  2. elder, elderberry bush - any of numerous shrubs or small trees of temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere having white flowers and berrylike fruit
    --2 is a kind of shrub, bush
    --2 is a member of Sambucus, genus Sambucus
    --2 has particulars:
     American elder, black elderberry, sweet elder, Sambucus canadensis; blue elder, blue elderberry, Sambucus caerulea; dwarf elder, danewort, Sambucus ebulus; bourtree, black elder, common elder, elderberry, European elder, Sambucus nigra; American red elder, red-berried elder, stinking elder, Sambucus pubens; European red elder, red-berried elder, Sambucus racemosa
  3. elder - any of various church officers
    --3 is a kind of
    church officer
    --3 has particulars: presbyter
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