sorrel tree


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sorrel tree Australian tree with acid foliage
    • n sorrel tree deciduous shrubby tree of eastern North America having deeply fissured bark and sprays of small fragrant white flowers and sour-tasting leaves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sorrel tree (Bot) a small ericaceous tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) whose leaves resemble those of the peach and have a sour taste. It is common along the Alleghanies. Called also sourwood.
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In literature:

In ten minutes Yenna Curtis galloped to the tree on her sorrel pony Dancer.
"Heart of the West" by O. Henry
Thou eatest sorrel wild and heart of dwarf Palm-tree.
"Moorish Literature" by Anonymous
The leaves give the tree its two common names: they have a sour taste, resembling that of the herbaceous sorrels.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers
Once Lytton, sitting in the shade of the ash tree, watched Bayard riding in from the valley on his sorrel horse.
"Bruce of the Circle A" by Harold Titus