service tree

service tree
Shad Shad (sh[a^]d), n. sing. & pl. [AS. sceadda a kind of fish, akin to Prov. G. schade; cf. Ir. & Gael. sgadan a herring, W. ysgadan herrings; all perhaps akin to E. skate a fish.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of food fishes of the Herring family. The American species ({Alosa sapidissima} formerly {Clupea sapidissima}), which is abundant on the Atlantic coast and ascends the larger rivers in spring to spawn, is an important market fish. The European allice shad, or alose ({Alosa alosa} formerly {Clupea alosa}), and the twaite shad ({Alosa finta} formerly {Clupea finta}), are less important species. [Written also {chad}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is loosely applied, also, to several other fishes, as the gizzard shad (see under {Gizzard}), called also {mud shad}, {white-eyed shad}, and {winter shad}. [1913 Webster]

{Hardboaded shad}, or {Yellow-tailed shad}, the menhaden.

{Hickory shad}, or {Tailor shad}, the {mattowacca}.

{Long-boned shad}, one of several species of important food fishes of the Bermudas and the West Indies, of the genus {Gerres}.

{Shad bush} (Bot.), a name given to the North American shrubs or small trees of the rosaceous genus {Amelanchier} ({A. Canadensis}, and {A. alnifolia}) Their white racemose blossoms open in April or May, when the shad appear, and the edible berries (pomes) ripen in June or July, whence they are called Juneberries. The plant is also called {service tree}, and {Juneberry}.

{Shad frog}, an American spotted frog ({Rana halecina}); -- so called because it usually appears at the time when the shad begin to run in the rivers.

{Trout shad}, the squeteague.

{White shad}, the common shad. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • service tree — n. [ME serves, pl. of obs. serve < OE syrfe < VL * sorbea < L sorbus < IE base * sor , *ser , red, reddish] 1. a European mountain ash (Sorbus domestica) having small, edible fruit 2. a European mountain ash, the wild service tree (… …   English World dictionary

  • service tree — noun 1. medium sized European tree resembling the rowan but bearing edible fruit • Syn: ↑sorb apple, ↑sorb apple tree, ↑Sorbus domestica • Hypernyms: ↑mountain ash • Hyponyms: ↑wild service tree, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • service tree — noun a tree resembling a rowan, with brown berries. [Sorbus torminalis (wild service tree) and S. domestica.] Origin C16: from an alt. of the plural of obs. serve, from OE syrfe, based on L. sorbus …   English new terms dictionary

  • service tree — /ˈsɜvəs tri/ (say servuhs tree) noun either of two European trees, Sorbus domestica, bearing a small, acid fruit that is edible when overripe, or S. torminalis (wild service tree), with similar fruit …   Australian English dictionary

  • service tree — šermukšnis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erškėtinių (Rosaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Sorbus). atitikmenys: lot. Sorbus angl. mountain ash; rowan tree; service tree; whitebeam vok. Eberesche; Mehlbeere; Sorbus; Vogelbeerbaum; Vogelbeere… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • service tree — naminis šermukšnis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erškėtinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, maistinis, medieninis, vaisinis, vaistinis augalas (Sorbus domestica), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, pietvakarių Azijoje ir pietų Europoje; naudojamas gėrimams …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • service tree — 1. either of two European trees, Sorbus domestica, bearing a small, acid fruit that is edible when overripe, or S. torminalis (wild service tree), bearing a similar fruit. 2. serviceberry (defs. 2, 3). [1535 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • service tree — European deciduous tree that yields a small brown edible fruit; type of North American tree or shrub that has white flowers and a purplish or blue black le blue black or purplish fruit …   English contemporary dictionary

  • service tree — serv′ice tree n. pln either of two European mountain ashes, Sorbus domestica or S. torminalis, of the rose family, both bearing a small acid fruit that is edible when overripe • Etymology: 1535–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • service tree — noun Date: 1600 service IV …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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