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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various North American shrubs or trees of the genus Amelanchier, having white flowers, edible blue-black or purplish fruit, and smooth, gray, striped twigs. Also called Juneberry, shadblow.

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  • n. The plant Juneberry or serviceberry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various North American trees or shrubs having showy white flowers and edible blue-black or purplish fruit

Etymologies

From its being in bloom when shad are found in streams.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
shad +‎ bush, its flowers traditionally being said to appear "when the shad run". (Wiktionary)

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