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sorrel

1
[ sawr-uhl, sor- ]
/ ˈsɔr əl, ˈsɒr- /
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noun
light reddish-brown.
a horse of this color, often with a light-colored mane and tail.
adjective
of the color sorrel.
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Origin of sorrel

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

Other definitions for sorrel (2 of 2)

sorrel2
[ sawr-uhl, 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

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1350–1400; Middle English sorell<Old French surele, equivalent to sursour (<Germanic; akin to Old High German sūr sour) + -el diminutive suffix; see -elle
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British Dictionary definitions for sorrel (1 of 2)

sorrel1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for sorrel (2 of 2)

sorrel2
/ (ˈsɒrəl) /

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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