American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To take up and hold, as by absorption or adsorption.
- n. Any of several Old World trees of the genus Sorbus in the rose family, as the service tree or the rowan.
- n. The fruit of any of these plants.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The service-tree, Pyrus (Sorbus) domestica. The wild service-tree, Pyrus torminalis, is included under the name by Gerard, and is also often so called in more recent times. The mountain-ash, P. aucuparia, and other species of the old genus Sorbus are also likely to have been so called.
- n. The fruit of any of the above-named trees.
- n. A member of a Slavic race resident in Saxony and adjoining parts of Prussia. Also called Wend, or Lusatian Wend.
- n. The wild service tree (Pyrus torminalis) of Europe.
- n. The rowan tree.
- n. The fruit of either of these trees.
- v. chemistry To absorb or adsorb.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The wild service tree (Pyrus torminalis) of Europe; also, the rowan tree.
- n. The fruit of these trees.
- v. take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption
- n. acid gritty-textured fruit
- From Latin sorbus the tree, sorbum the fruit; compare French sorbe. See service tree. (Wiktionary)
- Back-formation from absorb and adsorb.French sorbe, sorb fruit, from Old French sourbe, from Vulgar Latin *sorba, from Latin sorbum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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