[ souuhr-wood, sou-er- ]

Origin of sourwood

First recorded in 1700–10; sour + wood1

Words Nearby sourwood Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sourwood in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for sourwood


/ (ˈsaʊəˌwʊd) /

  1. another name for sorrel tree

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