serviceberry

[ sur-vis-ber-ee ]
/ ˈsɜr vɪsˌbɛr i /
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noun, plural serv·ice·ber·ries.

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.

Nearby words

  1. service stripe,
  2. service tree,
  3. service uniform,
  4. service, robert william,
  5. serviceable,
  6. serviceman,
  7. serviceperson,
  8. services,
  9. servicewoman,
  10. servient

Origin of serviceberry

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; service2 + berry

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British Dictionary definitions for serviceberry

serviceberry

/ (ˈsɜːvɪsˌbɛrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

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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