service treeservice tree
- a European mountain ash (Sorbus domestica) having small, edible fruit
- a European mountain ash, the wild service tree (Sorbus torminalis), similar to this
Origin of service treeMiddle English serves, plural of obsolete serve from Old English syrfe from Vulgar Latin an unverified form sorbea from Classical Latin sorbus from Indo-European base an unverified form sor-, an unverified form ser-, red, reddish
- Either of two Mediterranean trees (Sorbus domestica or S. torminalis) in the rose family, having clusters of white flowers, saw-toothed leaves, and edible brownish fruit.
- See serviceberry.
Origin of service treeFrom Middle English serves pl. of serve the service tree from Old English syrfe from Vulgar Latin sorbea from Latin sorbus
(plural service trees)
S. domestica is sometimes called the true service tree to distinguish it from the wild service tree (“S. torminalis").