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.

Nearby words

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Origin of service tree

First recorded in 1535–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for service tree

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

    Woodland Gleanings|Charles Tilt
  • She had made earrings for herself with the berries of the service-tree.

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 for service tree

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

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