sourwood

noun
sour·​wood | \ ˈsau̇(-ə)r-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce sourwood (audio) \

Definition of sourwood

: a small U.S. tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) of the heath family with white flowers and sour-tasting leaves

Examples of sourwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At 25 to 30 feet tall, sourwood fits nicely into a small garden. oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2021 At 25 to 30 feet tall, sourwood fits nicely into a small garden. oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2021 At 25 to 30 feet tall, sourwood fits nicely into a small garden. oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2021 At 25 to 30 feet tall, sourwood fits nicely into a small garden. oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2021 At 25 to 30 feet tall, sourwood fits nicely into a small garden. oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2021 At 25 to 30 feet tall, sourwood fits nicely into a small garden. oregonlive, 3 Nov. 2020 The sanctuary is nestled among tulip poplar, black walnut, and sourwood trees in the mountains of northern Georgia. Greg Kahn, National Geographic, 8 July 2020 Past the bee boxes in the field to the right, past a sourwood tree where the bees loved to get pollen, past the large solar array that provided most of the power on the Land, and through the door in those smoothly stuccoed walls. John Jeremiah Sullivan, The New Yorker, 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of sourwood

1709, in the meaning defined above

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20 Oct 2021

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“Sourwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sourwood. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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