Sour gum
Sour Sour, a. [Compar. {Sourer}; superl. {Sourest}.] [OE. sour, sur, AS. s?r; akin to D. zuur, G. sauer, OHG. s?r, Icel. s?rr, Sw. sur, Dan. suur, Lith. suras salt, Russ. surovui harsh, rough. Cf. {Sorrel}, the plant.] 1. Having an acid or sharp, biting taste, like vinegar, and the juices of most unripe fruits; acid; tart. [1913 Webster]

All sour things, as vinegar, provoke appetite. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. Changed, as by keeping, so as to be acid, rancid, or musty, turned. [1913 Webster]

3. Disagreeable; unpleasant; hence; cross; crabbed; peevish; morose; as, a man of a sour temper; a sour reply. ``A sour countenance.'' --Swift. [1913 Webster]

He was a scholar . . . Lofty and sour to them that loved him not, But to those men that sought him sweet as summer. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Afflictive; painful. ``Sour adversity.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Cold and unproductive; as, sour land; a sour marsh. [1913 Webster]

{Sour dock} (Bot.), sorrel.

{Sour gourd} (Bot.), the gourdlike fruit {Adansonia Gregorii}, and {A. digitata}; also, either of the trees bearing this fruit. See {Adansonia}.

{Sour grapes}. See under {Grape}.

{Sour gum} (Bot.) See {Turelo}.

{Sour plum} (Bot.), the edible acid fruit of an Australian tree ({Owenia venosa}); also, the tree itself, which furnished a hard reddish wood used by wheelwrights. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Acid; sharp; tart; acetous; acetose; harsh; acrimonious; crabbed; currish; peevish. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Sour gum — can refer to:*Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica), a medium sized deciduous tree occasionally referred to as Sourgum . *Water Tupelo, a long lived tupelo tree occasionally referred to as Sourgum . *Sour gum, a sour type of chewing gum …   Wikipedia

  • sour-gum — ☆ sour gum [sour′gum΄ ] adj. designating a family (Nyssaceae, order Cornales) of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs, including the tupelos * * * …   Universalium

  • sour-gum — ☆ sour gum [sour′gum΄ ] adj. designating a family (Nyssaceae, order Cornales) of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs, including the tupelos …   English World dictionary

  • sour gum — sour′ gum n. pln a tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica, of E North America, with egg shaped leaves and round, dark blue fruit Also called black gum pepperidge Etymology: 1775–85, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • sour gum — Tupelo Tu pe*lo, n. [Tupelo, or tupebo, the native American Indian name.] (Bot.) A North American tree ({Nyssa multiflora}) of the Dogwood family, having brilliant, glossy foliage and acid red berries. The wood is crossgrained and very difficult… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sour gum — noun columnar tree of eastern North America having horizontal limbs and small leaves that emerge late in spring and have brilliant color in early fall • Syn: ↑black gum, ↑pepperidge, ↑Nyssa sylvatica • Hypernyms: ↑tupelo, ↑tupelo tree * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • sour-gum — miškinė nisa statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Nisinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medieninis, pluoštinis augalas (Nyssa sylvatica), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Nyssa sylvatica angl. black tupelo; black gum; sour gum šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • sour gum — noun Date: 1785 black gum …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sour gum — a tree, Nyssa sylvatica, of eastern North America, having elliptic leaves, dark blue, berrylike fruit, and wood with a variety of commercial uses. Also called black gum, beetlebung, pepperidge. Cf. tupelo. [1775 85, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • sour gum — /saʊə ˈgʌm/ (say sowuh gum) noun a species of tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica …   Australian English dictionary

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