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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Amelanchier North American deciduous trees or shrubs
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n amelanchier A genus of ornamental dicotyledonous shrubs or trees belonging to the family Malaceæ and including about 12 species widely distributed in North America, Europe, northern Africa, and eastern and South western Asia. They have alternate, simple, entire or serrate leaves, and usually racemose, white flowers with persistent sepals and obovate-oblong or spatulate petals contracted at the base into slender claws. The fruit is small, globose or pyriform, with sweet and juicy flesh. The rock-medlar of central Europe is Amelanchier Amelanchier. See service-berry, 3.
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Serviceberries ( Amelanchier spp.
' Regent ' serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia ' Regent ') is a season-long beauty.