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[souuh r-woo d, sou-er-]
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  1. sorrel tree.

Origin of sourwood

First recorded in 1700–10; sour + wood1
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Examples from the Web for sourwood

Historical Examples

  • The sourwood tree at its best is fifty or sixty feet high and from twelve to eighteen inches in diameter.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • Sourwood is not abundant anywhere, and seldom are more than a few trees found in a group.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • They chose seven men to go, and gave each a sourwood rod a hand-breadth long.

  • Local bards also compose for themselves such stirring ditties as Sourwood Mounting.

    The Southern South

    Albert Bushnell Hart

British Dictionary definitions for sourwood


  1. another name for sorrel tree
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