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serviceberry

[sur-vis-ber-ee] /ˈsɜr vɪsˌbɛr i/
noun, plural serviceberries.
1.
the fruit of any service tree.
2.
a North American shrub or small tree, Amelanchier canadensis, of the rose family, having serrate, oblong leaves, clusters of white flowers,and a berrylike fruit.
3.
any of various other plants of the genus Amelanchier.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85, Americanism; service2 + berry
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British Dictionary definitions for service berry

serviceberry

/ˈsɜːvɪsˌbɛrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
Also called shadbush. any of various North American rosaceous trees or shrubs of the genus Amelanchier, esp A. canadensis, which has white flowers and edible purplish berries
2.
the fruit of any of these plants
3.
the fruit of the service tree
Also called (for senses 1, 2) shadberry, Juneberry
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