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service tree

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 Unabridged
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  • The latter, however, is the only service tree that could put in such a claim, for it grows—or grew?

  • The general form of the leaf is egg-shaped, while that of the service tree is cordate.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux
  • A service tree laden with sweet red fruit stood in front of her, and she passed it by.

    Indian Legends Retold Elaine Goodale Eastman
British Dictionary definitions for service tree

service tree

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
Word Origin
service, from Old English syrfe, from Vulgar Latin sorbea (unattested), from Latin sorbussorb
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