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A member of a Slavic people living in parts of SE Brandenburg and eastern Saxony.Also called Wend
- ‘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.’
- ‘Sorbs were repeatedly forbidden to use their own language.’
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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