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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Either of two Mediterranean trees (Sorbus domestica or S. torminalis) in the rose family, having clusters of white flowers, saw-toothed leaves, and edible brownish fruit.

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  • noun Either of two rare Old World deciduous trees, Sorbus domestica and Sorbus torminalis.

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  • noun medium-sized European tree resembling the rowan but bearing edible fruit
  • noun any of various North American trees or shrubs having showy white flowers and edible blue-black or purplish fruit

Etymologies

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

[From Middle English serves, pl. of serve, the service tree, from Old English syrfe, from Vulgar Latin *sorbea, from Latin sorbus.]

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Properly, the tree which bears serve, Old English serves, plural, service berries; akin to Latin sorbus. See sorb.

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