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sorb1

[sawrb] /sɔrb/
noun
1.
a European tree, Sorbus domestica.
2.
Also called sorb apple. the fruit of this tree.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin sorbum serviceberry and sorbus service tree
Related forms
sorbic, adjective

sorb2

[sawrb] /sɔrb/
verb (used with object), Chemistry
1.
to gather on a surface either by absorption, adsorption, or a combination of the two processes.
Origin
1905-10; extracted from absorb and adsorb
Related forms
sorbable, adjective
sorbability, noun

Sorb

[sawrb] /sɔrb/
noun
1.
a Wend.
Origin
1835-45; < German Sorbe ≪ Lusatian serbje, serbjo
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sorb

/sɔːb/
noun
1.
another name for service tree (sense 1)
2.
any of various related trees, esp the mountain ash
3.
Also called sorb apple. the fruit of any of these trees
Derived Forms
sorbic, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sorbus the sorb, service tree

Sorb

/sɔːb/
noun
1.
a member of a Slavonic people living chiefly in the rural areas of E Germany between the upper reaches of the Oder and Elbe rivers (Lusatia) Also called Wend, Lusatian
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Word Origin and History for sorb
Sorb
1836 (implied in Sorbian), from Ger. Sorbe, from Slavic Serb, the national designation. Slavic people surviving in Lusatia, eastern Saxony, also known as Wends.
sorb
"fruit of the service tree," 1530, from Fr. sorbe, from L. sorbum "service-berry" (small, edible fruit of the European mountain ash), from sorbus, from PIE base *sor-/*ser- "red, reddish-brown." Hence sorbic acid (1815), so called because it was first isolated from these berries.
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