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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sheep sorrel

Historical Examples of sheep sorrel

  • The property was picturesque to look at but its best herbage was sheep-sorrel.

    My Friends at Brook Farm

    John Van Der Zee Sears

  • After Rabbits'-meat, sheep-sorrel, cuckoo-spice, we find Hallelujah!

    Society for Pure English, Tract 5

    Society for Pure English

  • The spade or plow that turns these under is sure to turn up some other variety, as chickweed, sheep-sorrel, or goose-foot.

    A Year in the Fields

    John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for sheep sorrel

sheep sorrel

sheep's sorrel


a polygonaceous plant, Rumex acetosella, of the N hemisphere, having slightly bitter-tasting leaves and small reddish flowers
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