One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A European plant of the dock family, with arrow-shaped leaves that are used in salads and cooking for their acidic flavour.
Genus Rumex, family Polygonaceae: several species, including the English sorrel (R. acetosa) and the more slender-leaved French sorrel (R. scutatus)See also wood sorrel
- ‘There is always room to include Italian and curly parsley, sorrel, salad burnet, mustard, chard, and kale greens.’
- ‘But the beauty of most edible plants - nettles, dandelions, alexanders, fat hen, sorrel - is that they are so prolific they are considered a nuisance.’
- ‘Together with dill, sorrel and summer savory, parsley was one of the herbs grown in every garden.’
- ‘The vegie garden looks pretty sad on a hot day, with only carrots, cherry tomatoes, beetroot, French sorrel, leeks, sweet potato and snake beans able to cope in the sun.’
- ‘There is food if you know where to find it: clusters of mussels and clumps of wild mountain sorrel.’
- ‘It is related to sorrel and wild dock and has been used as a purgative for centuries: the ancient Persians valued it for cleansing the blood and purifying the system.’
- ‘If the herb dies back completely, as do parsley, French sorrel, coriander/cilantro, and basil in cold climates, you should remove as many good leaves as you need before they are killed by winter cold.’
- ‘Its simple to grow and is closely related to wild dock and sorrel, is classed as a vegetable but treated as a fruit.’
- ‘Vegetables were not cultivated, but came in the form of wild carrots, turnip and garlic, along with salad leaves such as sorrel, nettle and dock.’
- ‘They have persuaded us that if you can only start with a perfect sorrel leaf and a few freshly podded peas, the rest will surely follow.’
- ‘If you know someone with an established sorrel plant, ask for a small cutting.’
- ‘Along the way we stopped as I spotted dock and sorrel and the broad leaves of plantain beneath our horse's hooves.’
- ‘Fagopyrum esculentum, a plant of the same family as rhubarb, sorrel, and dock, is grown for its seeds; these resemble those of cereals.’
- ‘Other disasters include sorrel that grew well but attracted a nasty black beetle, valerian that soon dwarfed the conifer it was expected to complement, and strawberries.’
- ‘Gunn Eriksen had already been approached to write a book of her recipes, which use local produce and unexpected ingredients such as hawthorn, nettle and sorrel.’
- ‘While soil temperatures are still warm, fertilize leafy greens like spinach, corn salad & sorrel so that they have enough nutrients to take them through the fall.’
- ‘If you've never grown or tasted French sorrel, now is the time to make its acquaintance.’
- ‘My daughter runs by the brief flowers: touch-me-nots among the stones, bluebells and sorrels, solomon's seal.’
- ‘Common sorrel or ‘sourocks’, is an underused and under-appreciated herb.’
- ‘Herbs such as wild garlic, sorrel and lamb's tongue grew wild but others like mint, mustard were also grown near the house for daily use.’
2A tall annual Caribbean hibiscus with red flowers and stems.
Hibiscus sabdariffa, family Malvaceae
- ‘For instance, there are botanical-based hair colorants rich in herbs such as nettle, sage, red sorrel, rosemary and burdock.’
- ‘The sorrel, a kind of a red plant with pods is collected and soaked to produce a richly colored liquid.’
- ‘Pigeon peas and sorrel are planted so that they bloom at Christmas time.’
- ‘It is also known as Indian sorrel, Jamaican sorrel, red sorrel, Florida cranberry, rosella, and Ambada in Hindi.’
- 2.1mass noun A sweet red drink made from the sepals of the flowers of the red sorrel.
- ‘I had my first drink of sorrel for the ‘season’ two days ago… nice!’
- ‘Drinks based on corn, sorrel, and pineapple are also traditional during the holiday season.’
- ‘For spring there are pickled ramp Martinis, a sorrel margarita, and rhubarb as a cosmopolitan.’
- ‘It was almost like Christmas - except without ham - when mauby and sorrel was served.’
- ‘Anyhow, a little fellow was sitting across from this guy watching him eat his cake and drink his sorrel.’
- ‘There are many exotic flavours to sample, but I'm fond of the ginger beer (when it's cold) or the sorrel soda.’
- ‘The combination of flavours were just magical and, although I would normally gag on a glass of Pernod combined with the fennel and sorrel, I was hooked.’
- ‘Now you want rum and coconut water and you want black cake and sorrel; you want ganja and you want to go to Solid Gold and Tyrose.’
- ‘These leaves are beneficial in the treatment of jaundice and a tablespoon of fresh red sorrel juice mixed with butter-milk (made from cow's milk) is recommended once daily in the treatment of jaundice.’
- ‘In Christian families, sorrel, made from a flower, and ponche de creme, a kind of eggnog with rum, are typical Christmas drinks.’
Late Middle English: from Old French sorele, of Germanic origin; related to sour.
1A horse with a light reddish-brown coat.
- ‘Like any event where you get a mixture of breeds, there were paints, sorrels, bays and palominos… almost anything you could want!’
- ‘It might be said that they saved the best for last because Bergen steered the sorrel gelding to a 227.5 score, to blast ahead in the rein work.’
- ‘Rhysa halted her big sorrel next to Myrean and her mount and looked out over the town.’
- ‘A sorrel and black were tethered nearby and an array of tools was strewn over the ground.’
- ‘Only bays, chestnuts, or sorrels are accepted into the unit and that's only if they pass the training, vet, and farrier evaluations.’
- ‘When Custer and staff returned he ordered the saddle taken off his brown horse and put on his favorite sorrel.’
- ‘Rhysa sat in front of Caleb on her stocky little sorrel, and it carried them both easily.’
- ‘‘I've only owned this horse for five months,’ she explained from atop her sorrel gelding, Texs Rain Drop.’
- ‘Only a few months later, the handsome sorrel foundered and his bid for a World Championship ended.’
- ‘He was cantering down the trail towards them, his bald-faced sorrel kicking up dust.’
- ‘Somehow the sorrel straightened up, surged forward, and proceeded to neatly cross four five-foot fences, an irrigation ditch, a gate, and two hurdles.’
- ‘Both were riding horses, the villager on a fat grey pony and the nobleman on a lean sorrel.’
- ‘The knights ride Andalusian crosses of sorrel and bay costumed spectacularly in body and headdress.’
- 1.1mass noun, usually as modifier A light reddish-brown colour.‘a sorrel mare with four white socks’
hazel, chocolate-coloured, coffee-coloured, cocoa-coloured, nut-brownView synonyms
- ‘His dark brown jaw-length hair fell in messy waves in front of his sorrel eyes.’
- ‘Aptly named Stylish And Foxie, the 9-year-old sorrel mare made quick work of the Senior Cutting for a 226 score and the World Championship.’
- ‘You slow down to get a better view and discover a thin, weak, sorrel horse in a small lot.’
- ‘He tipped his hat and accepted the reins of his sorrel mare from the stable boy.’
- ‘Asta was a sorrel mare, chestnut colored, with a flaxen mane and tail.’
- ‘The chase had taken ten days, during which Cortez walked at least one hundred twenty miles and rode more than four hundred on brown and sorrel mares.’
- ‘I recognized the tribe's leader, Rowan, by his sorrel hair and flanks.’
Middle English: from Old French sorel, from sor ‘yellowish’, from a Germanic adjective meaning ‘dry’.
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