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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. 2017.
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  • sheep sorrel was most common, next to this yellow or bitter dock and green foxtail.

    Seeds of Michigan Weeds W. J. (William James) Beal
  • Rumex acetosella (sheep sorrel), common by river and log-paths, as Chesuncook log-path.

    The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau
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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