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sheep sorrel

a slender weed, Rumex acetosella, of the buckwheat family, found in poor, dry soils, having arrow-shaped leaves with an acid taste.
Origin of sheep sorrel
First recorded in 1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Rumex acetosella (sheep sorrel), common by river and log-paths, as Chesuncook log-path.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau
  • sheep sorrel was most common, next to this yellow or bitter dock and green foxtail.

    Seeds of Michigan Weeds W. J. (William James) Beal
British Dictionary definitions for sheep sorrel

sheep sorrel

a polygonaceous plant, Rumex acetosella, of the N hemisphere, having slightly bitter-tasting leaves and small reddish flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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