sour·​wood ˈsau̇(-ə)r-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce sourwood (audio)
: 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 For example, in southern regions, keep an eye out for sourwood and sweetgum trees, which turn vivid shades of red, yellow, and purple. Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Sep. 2022 At 25 to 30 feet tall, sourwood fits nicely into a small garden. oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sourwood was in 1709

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“Sourwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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