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Elder, subst., the plant Sambucus: “my heart of e.” Wiv. II, 3, 30 (i. e. weak, faint; spoken to Caius who does not understand it). “Judas was hanged on an e.” LLL V, 2, 610 (according to a tradition generally received). “that's a perilous shot out of an e. gun,” H5 IV, 1, 210 (i. e. doing little hurt).* “let the stinking e., grief, untwine his perishing root with the increasing vine,” Cymb. IV, 2, 59. cf. Elder-tree.
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