Main definitions of sorrel in English

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sorrel1

noun

  • 1A European plant of the dock family, with arrow-shaped leaves that are used in salads and cooking for their acidic flavour.

    See also wood sorrel
    • ‘But the beauty of most edible plants - nettles, dandelions, alexanders, fat hen, sorrel - is that they are so prolific they are considered a nuisance.’
    • ‘There is always room to include Italian and curly parsley, sorrel, salad burnet, mustard, chard, and kale greens.’
    • ‘If you know someone with an established sorrel plant, ask for a small cutting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Along the way we stopped as I spotted dock and sorrel and the broad leaves of plantain beneath our horse's hooves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Common sorrel or ‘sourocks’, is an underused and under-appreciated herb.’
    • ‘My daughter runs by the brief flowers: touch-me-nots among the stones, bluebells and sorrels, solomon's seal.’
    • ‘Together with dill, sorrel and summer savory, parsley was one of the herbs grown in every garden.’
    • ‘Its simple to grow and is closely related to wild dock and sorrel, is classed as a vegetable but treated as a fruit.’
    • ‘If you've never grown or tasted French sorrel, now is the time to make its acquaintance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is food if you know where to find it: clusters of mussels and clumps of wild mountain sorrel.’
    • ‘Fagopyrum esculentum, a plant of the same family as rhubarb, sorrel, and dock, is grown for its seeds; these resemble those of cereals.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A tall annual Caribbean hibiscus with red flowers and stems.

    • ‘Pigeon peas and sorrel are planted so that they bloom at Christmas time.’
    • ‘The sorrel, a kind of a red plant with pods is collected and soaked to produce a richly colored liquid.’
    • ‘For instance, there are botanical-based hair colorants rich in herbs such as nettle, sage, red sorrel, rosemary and burdock.’
    • ‘It is also known as Indian sorrel, Jamaican sorrel, red sorrel, Florida cranberry, rosella, and Ambada in Hindi.’
    1. 2.1[mass noun] A sweet red drink made from the sepals of the flowers of the red sorrel.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was almost like Christmas - except without ham - when mauby and sorrel was served.’
      • ‘Drinks based on corn, sorrel, and pineapple are also traditional during the holiday season.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For spring there are pickled ramp Martinis, a sorrel margarita, and rhubarb as a cosmopolitan.’
      • ‘In Christian families, sorrel, made from a flower, and ponche de creme, a kind of eggnog with rum, are typical Christmas drinks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Anyhow, a little fellow was sitting across from this guy watching him eat his cake and drink his sorrel.’
      • ‘I had my first drink of sorrel for the ‘season’ two days ago… nice!’
      • ‘There are many exotic flavours to sample, but I'm fond of the ginger beer (when it's cold) or the sorrel soda.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French sorele, of Germanic origin; related to sour.

Pronunciation:

sorrel

/ˈsɒr(ə)l/

Main definitions of sorrel in English

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sorrel2

noun

  • 1A horse with a light reddish-brown coat.

    • ‘Only a few months later, the handsome sorrel foundered and his bid for a World Championship ended.’
    • ‘Somehow the sorrel straightened up, surged forward, and proceeded to neatly cross four five-foot fences, an irrigation ditch, a gate, and two hurdles.’
    • ‘A sorrel and black were tethered nearby and an array of tools was strewn over the ground.’
    • ‘Rhysa halted her big sorrel next to Myrean and her mount and looked out over the town.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only bays, chestnuts, or sorrels are accepted into the unit and that's only if they pass the training, vet, and farrier evaluations.’
    • ‘‘I've only owned this horse for five months,’ she explained from atop her sorrel gelding, Texs Rain Drop.’
    • ‘He was cantering down the trail towards them, his bald-faced sorrel kicking up dust.’
    • ‘Both were riding horses, the villager on a fat grey pony and the nobleman on a lean sorrel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The knights ride Andalusian crosses of sorrel and bay costumed spectacularly in body and headdress.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun], [usually as modifier] A light reddish-brown colour:
      ‘a sorrel mare with four white socks’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His dark brown jaw-length hair fell in messy waves in front of his sorrel eyes.’
      • ‘You slow down to get a better view and discover a thin, weak, sorrel horse in a small lot.’
      • ‘I recognized the tribe's leader, Rowan, by his sorrel hair and flanks.’
      • ‘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.’
      hazel, chocolate-coloured, coffee-coloured, cocoa-coloured, nut-brown
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French sorel, from sor yellowish, from a Germanic adjective meaning dry.

Pronunciation:

sorrel

/ˈsɒr(ə)l/