I am not a native English speaker and while reading the Harry Potter books, I wasn't aware that "elder" is a plant. So I automatically assumed the elder wand was called "elder" on account of age (which generally implies power as well). Recently, I saw the movie (dubbed), and there it was translated to the term referring to the plant. So I learned that "elder" means both, and that got me thinking. Is there any canon (or otherwise) source on which meaning applies to the "elder wand?" Or is it ambiguous on purpose?
It's unambiguously referring to the wood.
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Elder refers to the tree or the wood, not the age i'll try and find a qoute and add it in an edit. it was along the lines of "So death took the wood of a nearby elder tree and shaped a wand"