from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several plants of the genus Rumex, having acid-flavored leaves sometimes used as salad greens, especially R. acetosella, a widely naturalized Eurasian species. Also called dock4.
  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Oxalis, having usually compound leaves with three leaflets.
  • n. A brownish orange to light brown.
  • n. A sorrel-colored horse or other animal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A brown colour, with a tint of red.
  • adj. Of a brown colour, with a tint of red.
  • n. A kind of plant with acidic leaves, especially Rumex acetosa (common sorrel), sometimes used as a salad vegetable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of a yellowish or redish brown color.
  • n. A yellowish or redish brown color.
  • n. One of various plants having a sour juice; especially, a plant of the genus Rumex, as Rumex Acetosa, Rumex Acetosella, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a yellowish-or reddish-brown color.
  • n. A color between a reddish and a yellowish brown.
  • n. An animal of a sorrel color; especially, a sorrel horse.
  • n. A buck of the third year. Compare sore, n., 2.
  • n. One of several species of the genus Rumex, smaller plants than the docks of the same genus, having the leaves typically halberd-shaped, more or less succulent, and impregnated with oxalic acid.
  • n. A plant of the genus Oxalis, more properly called wood-sorrel (see cuts under Oxalis and obcordate): the name is also extended to other plants of different genera (see phrases)
  • n. The sheep-sorrel: probably from the red male inflorescence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any plant or flower of the genus Oxalis
  • n. a horse of a brownish orange to light brown color
  • adj. of a light brownish color
  • n. large sour-tasting arrowhead-shaped leaves used in salads and sauces
  • n. any of certain coarse weedy plants with long taproots, sometimes used as table greens or in folk medicine
  • n. East Indian sparsely prickly annual herb or perennial subshrub widely cultivated for its fleshy calyxes used in tarts and jelly and for its bast fiber


Middle English sorel, from Old French surele, from sur, sour, of Germanic origin.
From Middle English sorel, sorrel-colored, from Old French, from sor, red-brown, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Old French surele, from sur ("sour"), of Germanic origin. (Wiktionary)
Middle English, from Middle French sorel, from sor ("yellowish-brown"), probably from Frankish *saur "dried" (cognates of which are Middle Dutch soor ("dum"), Old High German soren ("to become dry"), and Old English sear ("withered, barren"). See also sere. (Wiktionary)



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  • Or a light reddish brown.

    December 22, 2007