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").