One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A deciduous Eurasian shrub of the honeysuckle family with flattened heads of fragrant, creamy-white flowers, followed by clusters of bitter translucent red berries. Similar to the closely related highbush cranberry, it is widely cultivated in North America.
- ‘And cut into hedges of Crataegus pedicellata, Euonymus ‘Emerald Gaiety’, white lilac, field hedges and guelder rose, are spaces specially cut in preparation for more artistic deliveries.’
- ‘However, in hedgerows, aliens like fuchsia, buddleia and snowberry are pushing out native species like spindle and guelder rose.’
- ‘Another excellent berried shrub is the guelder rose Viburnum opulus.’
- ‘Apparently, Chaucer was fond of eating the berries of the commonly known guelder rose but most find them bitter and smelly.’
Late 16th century: from Dutch geldersche roos ‘rose of Gelderland’ (see Gelderland).
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