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service tree

n.
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.

[From Middle English serves, pl. of serve, the service tree, from Old English syrfe, from Vulgar Latin *sorbea, from Latin sorbus.]

service tree

n
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]

serv′ice tree`


n.
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.
[1535–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.service tree - medium-sized European tree resembling the rowan but bearing edible fruitservice tree - medium-sized European tree resembling the rowan but bearing edible fruit
sorb, sorb apple - acid gritty-textured fruit
mountain ash - any of various trees of the genus Sorbus
Sorbus torminalis, wild service tree - European tree bearing edible small speckled brown fruit
2.service tree - any of various North American trees or shrubs having showy white flowers and edible blue-black or purplish fruitservice tree - any of various North American trees or shrubs having showy white flowers and edible blue-black or purplish fruit
shadberry, juneberry, saskatoon, serviceberry - edible purple or red berries
Amelanchier, genus Amelanchier - North American deciduous trees or shrubs
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
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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An avenue of 50 wild service trees will provide an annual flash of red before Remembrance.