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 The sanctuary is nestled among tulip poplar, black walnut, and sourwood trees in the mountains of northern Georgia. Greg Kahn, National Geographic, "Sanctuary for retired lab chimps embroiled in dispute over quality of its care," 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, "Mother Nut," 23 Dec. 2019 Hopkins led the way, inviting us to munch on sourwood leaves or horse mint. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Introducing Blackberry Mountain, the Idyllic New Resort from Blackberry Farm," 11 Feb. 2019 An impressive gift for the Jewish High Holy Days is sourwood honey, in a tall, slender bottle from Savannah Bee Company. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Pirogi From ‘the Great Comet of 1812’ Hit the Lower East Side," 18 Sep. 2017 Fall color appears first in the reds of sourwoods, dogwoods and red maples. Karen Chávez, USA TODAY, "What’s the fall color outlook for Western North Carolina?," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sourwood

1709, in the meaning defined above

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“Sourwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sourwood. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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