from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A deciduous tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) of the eastern United States, having drooping terminal panicles of small, white, urn-shaped flowers. Also called sorrel tree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A North American deciduous shrubby tree, of the genus Oxydendrum, having deep fissures in its bark, and sour tasting leaves
  • n. An Australian tree, of the genus Hibiscus; the sorrel tree

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The sorrel tree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See Oxydendrum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. deciduous shrubby tree of eastern North America having deeply fissured bark and sprays of small fragrant white flowers and sour-tasting leaves


So called from its sour-tasting leaves.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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