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
Words nearby sorrel tree
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Example sentences from the Web for sorrel tree
They were the flowers of the sorrel-tree—the beautiful lyonia—the very sight of which sent a thrill of gladness through my heart.The Desert Home|Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for sorrel tree
a deciduous ericaceous tree, Oxydendrum arboreum, of E North America, having deeply fissured bark, sour-tasting leaves, and small white flowersAlso called: sourwood
Word Origin for sorrel tree
C17: so called because the bitter flavour of the leaves is reminiscent of sorrel
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