Service-tree meaning

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.
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A European mountain ash (Sorbus domestica) having small, edible fruit.
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A European mountain ash, the wild service tree (Sorbus torminalis), similar to this.
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Either of two rare Old World deciduous trees, Sorbus domestica or Sorbus torminalis.
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Origin of service-tree

  • From Middle English serves pl. of serve the service tree from Old English syrfe from Vulgar Latin sorbea from Latin sorbus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Properly, the tree which bears sorb fruit, from Middle English serves, plural of serve "˜sorb apple, serviceberry', from Old English syrfe, from Vulgar Latin *sorbea, from Latin sorbus "˜service tree'. See sorb.

    From Wiktionary