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.

Origin of service tree

First recorded in 1535–45

Words Nearby service tree Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use service tree in a sentence

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

    Indian Legends Retold | Elaine Goodale Eastman
  • In addition to these there are the wild service tree, white beam, and mountain ash, the last called by the old man the rowan.

    Poachers and Poaching | John Watson
  • She had made earrings for herself with the berries of the service-tree.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 | Gustave Flaubert
  • The general form of the leaf is egg-shaped, while that of the service tree is cordate.

    Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux
  • Longleaf service tree (Amelanchier obovalis) is by some regarded a variety rather than a species.

    American Forest Trees | Henry H. Gibson

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

Origin of service tree

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

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