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SOR'REL, a. Of a reddish color; as a sorel horse.

SOR'REL, n. A reddish color; a faint red.




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SOR'REL, a. Of a reddish color; as a sorel horse.

SOR'REL, n. A reddish color; a faint red.


SOR'REL, a. [Fr. saure, yellowish brown; saurer, to dry in the smoke; It. sauro.]

Of a reddish color; as, a sorrel horse.


SOR'REL, n.1

A reddish color; a faint red.


SOR'REL, n.2 [Sax. sur, sour; Dan. syre, sorrel; W. suran.]

The popular name of certain species of Rumex, as Rumex acetosa, Rumex acetosella, &c., so named from its acid taste. The word sorrel is of the genus Oxalis. The Indian red and Indian white sorrels are of the genus Hibiscus.


Sor"rel
  1. Of a yellowish or redish brown color; as, a sorrel horse.
  2. A yellowish or redish brown color.
  3. One of various plants having a sour juice; especially, a plant of the genus Rumex, as Rumex Acetosa, Rumex Acetosella, etc.

    Mountain sorrel. (Bot.) See under Mountain. -- Red sorrel. (Bot.) (a) A malvaceous plant (Hibiscus Sabdariffa) whose acid calyxes and capsules are used in the West Indies for making tarts and acid drinks. (b) A troublesome weed (Rumex Acetosella), also called sheep sorrel. -- Salt of sorrel (Chem.), binoxalate of potassa; -- so called because obtained from the juice of Rumex Acetosella, or Rumex Axetosa. -- Sorrel tree (Bot.), a small ericaceous tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) whose leaves resemble those of the peach and have a sour taste. It is common along the Alleghanies. Called also sourwood. -- Wood sorrel (Bot.), any plant of the genus Oxalis.

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Sorrel

SOR'REL, adjective Of a reddish color; as a sorel horse.

SOR'REL, noun A reddish color; a faint red.

SOR'REL, noun A plant of the genus Rumex, so named from its acid taste. The wood sorrel is of the genus Oxalis. The Indian red and Indian white sorrels are of the genus Hibiscus.

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