sorrel

1
[ sawr-uh l, sor- ]
/ ˈsɔr əl, ˈsɒr- /

noun

light reddish-brown.
a horse of this color, often with a light-colored mane and tail.

adjective

of the color sorrel.

Nearby words

  1. sorority,
  2. sorority house,
  3. sorosilicate,
  4. sorosis,
  5. sorption,
  6. sorrel salt,
  7. sorrel tree,
  8. sorrentino,
  9. sorrento,
  10. sorrow

Origin of sorrel

1
1400–50; late Middle English < Old French sorel, equivalent to sor brown (< Germanic) + -el diminutive suffix; see -elle

sorrel

2
[ sawr-uh l, sor- ]
/ ˈsɔr əl, ˈsɒr- /

noun

any of various plants belonging to the genus Rumex, of the buckwheat family, having edible acid leaves used in salads, sauces, etc.
any of various sour-juiced plants of the genus Oxalis.Compare wood sorrel.
any of various similar plants.

Origin of sorrel

2
1350–1400; Middle English sorell < Old French surele, equivalent to sur sour (< Germanic; akin to Old High German sūr sour) + -el diminutive suffix; see -elle

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British Dictionary definitions for sorrel

sorrel

1
/ (ˈsɒrəl) /

noun

  1. a light brown to brownish-orange colour
  2. (as adjective)a sorrel carpet
a horse of this colour

Word Origin for sorrel

C15: from Old French sorel, from sor a reddish brown, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch soor desiccated

noun

any of several polygonaceous plants of the genus Rumex, esp R. acetosa, of Eurasia and North America, having acid-tasting leaves used in salads and saucesSee also dock 4, sheep sorrel
short for wood sorrel

Word Origin for sorrel

C14: from Old French surele, from sur sour, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German sūr sour

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Word Origin and History for sorrel
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