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noun, plural serv·ice·ber·ries.
  1. the fruit of any service tree.
  2. a North American shrub or small tree, Amelanchier canadensis, of the rose family, having serrate, oblong leaves, clusters of white flowers,and a berrylike fruit.
  3. any of various other plants of the genus Amelanchier.
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Origin of serviceberry

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; service2 + berry
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Examples from the Web for serviceberry

Historical Examples of serviceberry

  • The stream was wooded with cottonwood, box-elder, and cherry, with currant and serviceberry bushes.

    The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California

    Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont

  • The serviceberry differs in some points from that of the United States.

  • He'll sit on his haunches before a serviceberry tree, bend the branches with his paws, and eat off the red fruit wholesale.

    Cedar Creek

    Elizabeth Hely Walshe

  • Hugh wriggled to his side, and, peeping through a serviceberry bush, looked out across the water.

    The Secret Cache

    E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill

  • Western Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) is also called pigeonberry and sarvice.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

British Dictionary definitions for serviceberry


noun plural -ries
  1. Also called: shadbush any of various North American rosaceous trees or shrubs of the genus Amelanchier, esp A. canadensis, which has white flowers and edible purplish berries
  2. the fruit of any of these plants
  3. the fruit of the service tree
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Also called (for senses 1, 2): shadberry, Juneberry
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