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noun

a North American tree, Oxydendrum arboreum, of the heath family, having leaves with an acid flavor and drooping clusters of white flowers.

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Also called sourwood.

Origin of sorrel tree

An Americanism dating back to 1680–90
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sorrel tree

noun

a deciduous ericaceous tree, Oxydendrum arboreum, of E North America, having deeply fissured bark, sour-tasting leaves, and small white flowersAlso called: sourwood
C17: so called because the bitter flavour of the leaves is reminiscent of sorrel
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