sorrel tree

noun
a North American tree, Oxydendrum arboreum, of the heath family, having leaves with an acid flavor and drooping clusters of white flowers.
Also called sourwood.


Origin:
1680–90, Americanism

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sorrel tree
 
n
Also called: sourwood a deciduous ericaceous tree, Oxydendrum arboreum, of E North America, having deeply fissured bark, sour-tasting leaves, and small white flowers
 
[C17: so called because the bitter flavour of the leaves is reminiscent of sorrel]

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Also knows as sorrel tree and lily of the valley tree.
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