service tree

noun
  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).

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.

  • 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

noun
  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

Word Origin for service tree

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