One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tree or shrub of a genus which includes the rowan, service tree, and whitebeam.
- ‘As for the top terrace, what about planting two groups of small to medium trees, such as sorbus, Prunus autumnalis or Prunus x yedoensis.’
- ‘This sorbus was introduced to Britain in the 1930s.’
Modern Latin, from Latin sorbus ‘service tree’.
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