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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.
serviceberry (defs 2, 3).
Origin of service tree
1535-45 Unabridged
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  • The timber of the service-tree is useful for the joiner, and it has occasionally been used for wainscoting rooms.

    Woodland Gleanings Charles Tilt
  • She had made earrings for herself with the berries of the service-tree.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for 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
service, from Old English syrfe, from Vulgar Latin sorbea (unattested), from Latin sorbussorb
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