from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of two Mediterranean trees (Sorbus domestica or S. torminalis) having clusters of white flowers, saw-toothed leaves, and edible brownish fruit.
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- n. Either of two rare Old World deciduous trees, Sorbus domestica and Sorbus torminalis.
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- n. medium-sized European tree resembling the rowan but bearing edible fruit
- n. any of various North American trees or shrubs having showy white flowers and edible blue-black or purplish fruit
From Middle English serves, pl. of serve, the service tree, from Old English syrfe, from Vulgar Latin *sorbea, from Latin sorbus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Properly, the tree which bears serve, Old English serves, plural, service berries; akin to Latin sorbus. See sorb. (Wiktionary)