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sourwood

Syllabification: sour·wood
Pronunciation: /ˈsou(ə)rˌwo͝od
 
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Definition of sourwood in English:

noun

A North American tree of the heath family with sour-tasting leaves. Most common in the southeastern US, it has drooping clusters of white bell-like flowers in early summer and bright red foliage in autumn. Also called sorrel tree.
  • Oxydendrum arboreum, family Ericaceae
Example sentences
  • Eighty new trees will be planted, Kousa dogwood, Eastern redbud, downy serviceberry, sourwood, Yoshino cherry, and tulip poplar among them.
  • I had gone to Hoyt to see a sourwood tree, which I was told I would find on the Wildwood Trail.
  • Associated species were pignut and mockernut, hickories, black gum, red maple, sassafras, sourwood, and white ash.

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