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service tree

  1. 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.
  2. serviceberry(defs 2, 3).
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Origin of service tree

First recorded in 1535–45
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Historical Examples of service tree

  • She had made earrings for herself with the berries of the service-tree.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1

    Gustave Flaubert

  • The timber of the Service-tree is useful for the joiner, and it has occasionally been used for wainscoting rooms.

    Woodland Gleanings

    Charles Tilt

British Dictionary definitions for service tree

service tree

  1. Also called: sorb a Eurasian rosaceous tree, Sorbus domestica, cultivated for its white flowers and brown edible apple-like fruits
  2. wild service tree a similar and related Eurasian tree, Sorbus torminalis
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Word Origin for service tree

service, from Old English syrfe, from Vulgar Latin sorbea (unattested), from Latin sorbus sorb
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