- any of various short, coarse weeds (genus Rumex) of the buckwheat family, with sour, edible leaves
- wood sorrel
Origin of sorrelMiddle English sorel from Old French surele from Frankish an unverified form sur; akin to Old High German sur, sour
- a light reddish-brown color
- a horse or other animal of this color
Origin of sorrelLate Middle English from Old French sorel from sor, sore, light brown from Medieval Latin saurus from Germanic an unverified form saur, light brown, color of dry leaves, origin, originally , dry, akin to sear
- Any of several plants of the genus Rumex that have sour leaves, especially the Eurasian species R. acetosa, sometimes grown for its edible leaves, and R. acetosella, widely naturalized worldwide. Also called dock 4.
- See oxalis.
Origin of sorrelMiddle English sorel from Old French surele from sur sour of Germanic origin
- A brownish orange to light brown.
- A sorrel-colored horse or other animal.
Origin of sorrelFrom Middle English sorel sorrel-colored from Old French from sor red-brown of Germanic origin
- A kind of plant with acidic leaves, especially Rumex acetosa (common sorrel), sometimes used as a salad vegetable.
From Middle English sorel, from Old French sorel, surele (“sorrel"), from Old French sur (“sour"), of Germanic origin, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *sÅ«raz (“sour"); equivalent to sour +"Ž -el (diminutive suffix). Compare Old English sÅ«re (“sorrel"), Icelandic sÃºra (“sorrel"), Dutch zuring (“sorrel"). More at sour.
- A brown colour, with a tint of red.
- Of a brown colour, with a tint of red. (especially: a sorrel horse)
From Middle English *sorel, from Old French *sorel, sorrel, surrel, from Old French sor (“yellowish-brown, reddish-brown"), probably from Old Frankish *saur (“dried"), from Proto-Germanic *sauzaz (“dry"), from Proto-Indo-European *saus- (“dry, parched"); equivalent to sore (“reddish-brown") +"Ž -el (diminutive suffix). Cognate with Middle Dutch soor (“dry"), Old High German sÅrÄ“n (“to become dry"), and Old English sÄ“ar (“withered, barren"). See also sere.