from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tree, Pyrus (Sorbus) domestica, native in continental Europe.
- n. In some old books, apparently, the common pear.
- n. The mountain-ash, either the European, Sorbus Aucuparia, or the American, S. American, the latter being usually distinguished as the American service-tree.
- n. Same as service-berry, 3.
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The word _book_ is derived from the Saxon _boc_, which comes from the northern _buech_, of _buechans_, a beech, or _service-tree_, on the bark of which our ancestors used to write.
There are masses of the Russian white service-tree, which here takes the place of both the lilac and the cherry.
They say they make an excellent jam from the service-tree.
And he stuffed the bladder with a service-tree peg, brought them to Wilno and sold them to the Franciscan priests, who gave him twenty _skojcow_  he did this to destroy the enemies of Christ's name.
Yews, junipers, radiant beeches, and gleams of the service-tree or the white-beam spotted the semicircle of swelling green
Yews, junipers, radiant beeches, and gleams of the service-tree or the white-beam spotted the semicircle of swelling green Down black and silver.
Here the corn-field raised to heaven its golden sheaves, and the harvesters sang; there, around the purple berries of the service-tree, circled beautiful flocks of the twittering silktails; round the solitary huts, the flowering potato-fields told that the fruit was ripe, and merry little barefooted children sprang into the wood to gather bilberries.
Besides the trees above-mentioned, Krascheninnikoff relates, that the larch grows on the banks of the river Kamtschatka, and of those that fall into it, but no where else; and that there are firs in the neighbourhood of the river Berezowa; that there is likewise the service-tree (_padus foliis annuis_;) and two species of the white thorn, one bearing a red, the other
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But there is yet a rare kind of service-tree, frequent in Germany, which we find not in our woods, and they speak of another sort, which bears poyson-berries.
The panel should be cypress or pear or service-tree or walnut.
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