- the fruit of any service tree.
- 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.
- any of various other plants of the genus Amelanchier.
Origin of serviceberry
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Examples from the Web for 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.History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Vol. I.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
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
- 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
- the fruit of any of these plants
- the fruit of the service tree
Also called (for senses 1, 2): shadberry, Juneberry
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