sourwood

noun
sour·wood | \ˈsau̇(-ə)r-ˌwu̇d \

Definition of sourwood 

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

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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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