sorrel tree


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sorrel tree

n.

sorrel tree

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

sor′rel tree`


n.
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.
[1680–90, Amer.]
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Noun1.sorrel tree - deciduous shrubby tree of eastern North America having deeply fissured bark and sprays of small fragrant white flowers and sour-tasting leavessorrel tree - deciduous shrubby tree of eastern North America having deeply fissured bark and sprays of small fragrant white flowers and sour-tasting leaves
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
2.sorrel tree - Australian tree with acid foliage
hibiscus - any plant of the genus Hibiscus
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Another option is the deciduous sorrel tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) of the eastern United States, which has a small, white, urn-shaped flower.