- light reddish-brown.
- a horse of this color, often with a light-colored mane and tail.
- of the color sorrel.
Origin of sorrel1
- 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 sorrel2
Examples from the Web for sorrel
A ridin' that sorrel mut, too, when she ought to be in the house washin' dishes.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Lemon juice and the juice of sorrel will also remove ink stains, but not so easily as the concrete acid of lemons, or citric acid.
Wash and clean a quantity of sorrel, put it into a stewpan that will just hold it, with a piece of butter, and cover it close.
Wash some roots of sorrel quite clean, bruise them in a mortar, and steep them in white wine vinegar for two or three days.
Said the doctor, nodding his head knowingly, 'Have you got a sorrel horse then?'
- a light brown to brownish-orange colour
- (as adjective)a sorrel carpet
- a horse of this colour
Word Origin and History for sorrel
"reddish brown," especially of horses, mid-14c., from Old French sorel, from sor "yellowish-brown," probably from Frankish *saur "dry," or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *sauza- (cf. Middle Dutch soor "dry," Old High German soren "to become dry," Old English sear "withered, barren;" see sere). Perhaps a diminutive form in French.
small perennial plant, late 14c., from Old French surele (12c., Modern French surelle), from sur "sour," from Frankish *sur or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *sura- "sour" (cf. Old High German, Old English sur "sour;" see sour (adj.)). So called for the taste of its leaves.