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A member of a Slavic people living in parts of SE Brandenburg and eastern Saxony.Also called Wend
- ‘Sorbs were repeatedly forbidden to use their own language.’
- ‘The Slovaks and the Wends/Sorbs are the only two Lutheran Slavic groups to immigrate to America, and their numbers were not large.’
- ‘There were his own wishes both to find a ministerial post in Lusatia to serve Sorbs in their common language and to find a wife.’
- ‘Wend tends to have a pejorative ring, especially in Eastern Germany, and today in all scholarly literature in Europe the word Sorb is preferred to Wend.’
From German Sorbe.
The fruit of the true service tree.
- ‘Sorb apple berries contain large amounts of malic acid that aid water retention.’
Early 16th century: from French sorbe or Latin sorbus service tree, sorbum serviceberry.
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