[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sourwood

  • 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

/ (ˈsaʊəˌwʊd) /


another name for sorrel tree
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