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service tree

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Definition of service tree in English:

noun

A Eurasian tree of the rose family, closely related to the rowan.
  • Genus Sorbus, family Rosaceae: the southern European true service tree (S. domestica), with compound leaves and green-brown fruits that are edible when overripe, and the wild service tree (S. torminalis), with lobed leaves and brown berries

Origin

mid 16th century: service from an alteration of the plural of obsolete serve, from Old English syrfe, based on Latin sorbus.

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