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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
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British Dictionary definitions for sorbic

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 sorbic
adj.

1815, in sorbic acid, so called because it was first isolated from the berries of the mountain ash (see sorb).

Sorb

n.

1843, from German Sorbe, from Slavic Serb, the national designation. Slavic people surviving in Lusatia, eastern Saxony, also known as Wends. Related: Sorbian (1836); earlier Sorabian (1788), from Medieval Latin Sorabi.

sorb

n.

"fruit of the service tree," 1520s, from French sorbe, from Latin sorbum "service-berry" (small, edible fruit of the European mountain ash), from sorbus, of uncertain origin.

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