- a European tree, Sorbus domestica.
- Also called sorb apple. the fruit of this tree.
Origin of sorb1
- to gather on a surface either by absorption, adsorption, or a combination of the two processes.
Origin of sorb2
- a Wend.
Origin of Sorb
Examples from the Web for sorb
Historical Examples of sorb
On his forehead there were two flat membranes, like rudimentary eyes, but no sorb.
Maskull lingered no longer, but permitted Spadevil to cover his sorb.
Sorb, sorb, n. one of a Slavonic race in Saxony and the neighbouring parts of Prussia.
If you attempt to pass through Ifdawn without a sorb, you are simply committing suicide.
Spadevil pressed his hand on her sorb and kept it there for a few minutes, while he closed his own eyes.
- another name for service tree (def. 1)
- any of various related trees, esp the mountain ash
- Also called: sorb apple the fruit of any of these trees
Word Origin for sorb
- a member of a Slavonic people living chiefly in the rural areas of E Germany between the upper reaches of the Oder and Elbe rivers (Lusatia)Also called: Wend, Lusatian
1843, from German Sorbe, from Slavic Serb, the national designation. Slavic people surviving in Lusatia, eastern Saxony, also known as Wends. Related: Sorbian (1836); earlier Sorabian (1788), from Medieval Latin Sorabi.
"fruit of the service tree," 1520s, from French sorbe, from Latin sorbum "service-berry" (small, edible fruit of the European mountain ash), from sorbus, of uncertain origin.