- any of numerous plants of the genus Oxalis, especially O. acetosella, of Eurasia, having heart-shaped, trifoliolate leaves and white, pink-veined flowers.
Origin of wood sorrel
1515–25; translation of French sorrel de bois; replacing woodsour, so called from sour taste of the leaves
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Examples from the Web for wood sorrel
Silvia, for the wood-sorrel, will I hope be an acceptable change to my girl-readers.Proserpina, Volume 1
Three species of wild oxalis, or wood-sorrel, should not be overlooked.
What could be more unassuming than goldthread and wood-sorrel?In the Open
Stanton Davis Kirkham
Now this flower which I have just plucked is the wood-sorrel.The Swan and Her Crew
George Christopher Davies
The flowers of all the species of Oxalis, the Wood-sorrel, are very pretty.Botany for Ladies
- a Eurasian plant, Oxalis acetosella, having trifoliate leaves, an underground creeping stem, and white purple-veined flowers: family Oxalidaceae
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