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1. 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.
2. See serviceberry.
[From Middle English serves, pl. of serve, the service tree, from Old English syrfe, from Vulgar Latin *sorbea, from Latin sorbus.]
1. (Plants) Also called: sorb a Eurasian rosaceous tree, Sorbus domestica, cultivated for its white flowers and brown edible apple-like fruits
2. (Plants) wild service tree a similar and related Eurasian tree, Sorbus torminalis
[service, from Old English syrfe, from Vulgar Latin sorbea (unattested), from Latin sorbus sorb]
either of two European mountain ashes, Sorbusdomestica or S.torminalis, of the rose family, both bearing a small acid fruit that is edible when overripe.
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|Noun||1.||service tree - medium-sized European tree resembling the rowan but bearing edible fruit|
mountain ash - any of various trees of the genus Sorbus
|2.||service tree - any of various North American trees or shrubs having showy white flowers and edible blue-black or purplish fruit|
alderleaf Juneberry, alder-leaved serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolia - shrub or small tree of northwestern North America having fragrant creamy white flowers and small waxy purple-red fruits
Amelanchier bartramiana, Bartram Juneberry - open-growing shrub of eastern North America having pure white flowers and small waxy almost black fruits