- either of two European trees, Sorbus domestica, bearing a small, acid fruit that is edible when overripe, or S. torminalis (wild service tree), bearing a similar fruit.
- serviceberry(defs 2, 3).
Origin of service tree
First recorded in 1535–45
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- Also called: sorb a Eurasian rosaceous tree, Sorbus domestica, cultivated for its white flowers and brown edible apple-like fruits
- wild service tree a similar and related Eurasian tree, Sorbus torminalis
service, from Old English syrfe, from Vulgar Latin sorbea (unattested), from Latin sorbus sorb
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