One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A European plant of the dock family, with arrow-shaped leaves that are used in salads and cooking for their acidic flavor.
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
- ‘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.’
- ‘Along the way we stopped as I spotted dock and sorrel and the broad leaves of plantain beneath our horse's hooves.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Together with dill, sorrel and summer savory, parsley was one of the herbs grown in every garden.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But the beauty of most edible plants - nettles, dandelions, alexanders, fat hen, sorrel - is that they are so prolific they are considered a nuisance.’
- ‘Its simple to grow and is closely related to wild dock and sorrel, is classed as a vegetable but treated as a fruit.’
- ‘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've never grown or tasted French sorrel, now is the time to make its acquaintance.’
- ‘There is always room to include Italian and curly parsley, sorrel, salad burnet, mustard, chard, and kale greens.’
- ‘There is food if you know where to find it: clusters of mussels and clumps of wild mountain sorrel.’
- ‘If you know someone with an established sorrel plant, ask for a small cutting.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Fagopyrum esculentum, a plant of the same family as rhubarb, sorrel, and dock, is grown for its seeds; these resemble those of cereals.’
- ‘My daughter runs by the brief flowers: touch-me-nots among the stones, bluebells and sorrels, solomon's seal.’
- ‘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 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.’
- ‘Common sorrel or ‘sourocks’, is an underused and under-appreciated herb.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from Old French sorele, of Germanic origin; related to sour.
1A horse with a light reddish-brown coat.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Somehow the sorrel straightened up, surged forward, and proceeded to neatly cross four five-foot fences, an irrigation ditch, a gate, and two hurdles.’
- ‘Like any event where you get a mixture of breeds, there were paints, sorrels, bays and palominos… almost anything you could want!’
- ‘Both were riding horses, the villager on a fat grey pony and the nobleman on a lean sorrel.’
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘When Custer and staff returned he ordered the saddle taken off his brown horse and put on his favorite sorrel.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The knights ride Andalusian crosses of sorrel and bay costumed spectacularly in body and headdress.’
- ‘Only bays, chestnuts, or sorrels are accepted into the unit and that's only if they pass the training, vet, and farrier evaluations.’
- ‘Rhysa sat in front of Caleb on her stocky little sorrel, and it carried them both easily.’
- 1.1usually as modifier A light reddish-brown color.‘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.’
- ‘I recognized the tribe's leader, Rowan, by his sorrel hair and flanks.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Asta was a sorrel mare, chestnut colored, with a flaxen mane and tail.’
- ‘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.’
Middle English: from Old French sorel, from sor ‘yellowish’, from a Germanic adjective meaning ‘dry’.
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