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[souuh r-woo d, sou-er-] /ˈsaʊərˌwʊd, ˈsaʊ ər-/
Origin of sourwood
First recorded in 1700-10; sour + wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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.

    Myths of the Cherokee James Mooney
  • Local bards also compose for themselves such stirring ditties as sourwood Mounting.

    The Southern South

    Albert Bushnell Hart
British Dictionary definitions for sourwood


another name for sorrel tree
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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