- a tree, Nyssa sylvatica, of eastern North America, having elliptic leaves, dark-blue, berrylike fruit, and wood with a variety of commercial uses.
Origin of sour gum
An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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The leaves of the sour-gum, the first tree to turn, showed blood-red.Wild Folk</p>
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