Sorrel Definition

sôrəl, sŏr-
sorrels
noun
sorrels
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.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
A light reddish-brown color.
Webster's New World
A horse or other animal of this color.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
wood-sorreloxalissour-grassdockHibiscus sabdariffaJamaica sorrelred sorrelrozellerosellecommon sorrel
adjective
Light reddish-brown.
Webster's New World
Of a brown colour, with a tint of red. (especially: a sorrel horse)
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
brownish-orange
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Other Word Forms of Sorrel

Noun

Singular:
sorrel
Plural:
sorrels

Origin of Sorrel

  • 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 sōrÄ“n (“to become dry"), and Old English sÄ“ar (“withered, barren"). See also sere.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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 súra (“sorrel"), Dutch zuring (“sorrel"). More at sour.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English sorel sorrel-colored from Old French from sor red-brown of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English sorel from Old French surele from sur sour of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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