wild service tree


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service tree


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.

Origin of service tree

First recorded in 1535–45

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British Dictionary definitions for wild service tree

service tree


Also called: sorb a Eurasian rosaceous tree, Sorbus domestica, cultivated for its white flowers and brown edible apple-like fruits
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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