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sorrel tree

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 of sorrel tree
1680-90, Americanism Unabridged
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  • They were the flowers of the sorrel-tree—the beautiful lyonia—the very sight of which sent a thrill of gladness through my heart.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for sorrel-tree

sorrel tree

a deciduous ericaceous tree, Oxydendrum arboreum, of E North America, having deeply fissured bark, sour-tasting leaves, and small white flowers Also called sourwood
Word Origin
C17: so called because the bitter flavour of the leaves is reminiscent of sorrel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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