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[souuh r-woo d, sou-er-] /ˈsaʊərˌwʊd, ˈsaʊ ər-/
Origin of sourwood
First recorded in 1700-10; sour + wood1 Unabridged
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  • Local bards also compose for themselves such stirring ditties as sourwood Mounting.

    The Southern South Albert Bushnell Hart
  • 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
  • They chose seven men to go, and gave each a sourwood rod a hand-breadth long.

    Myths of the Cherokee James Mooney
  • sourwood is not abundant anywhere, and seldom are more than a few trees found in a group.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for sourwood


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