sorrel

noun (1)
sor·​rel | \ ˈsȯr-əl How to pronounce sorrel (audio) , ˈsär- \

Definition of sorrel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sorrel-colored animal especially : a light bright chestnut horse often with a mane and tail of lighter color (such as flaxen) — compare chestnut entry 1 sense 4, bay entry 2 sense 1
2 : a brownish orange to light brown

sorrel

noun (2)

Definition of sorrel (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of various plants or plant parts with sour juice: such as
a : any of various docks (such as Rumex acetosa and R. acetosella) also : the leaves used as a potherb

First Known Use of sorrel

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sorrel

Noun (1)

Middle English sorel, noun & adjective, from Anglo-French, from sor red, auburn, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch soor dry, barren, Old English sēar dry — more at sere

Noun (2)

Middle English sorel, from Anglo-French surele, from sur, siur sour, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German sūr sour — more at sour

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“Sorrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sorrel. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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sorrel

noun
sor·​rel | \ ˈsȯr-əl How to pronounce sorrel (audio) \

Kids Definition of sorrel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a light reddish brown horse often with a white mane and tail
2 : a brownish orange to light brown

sorrel

noun

Kids Definition of sorrel (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of several plants with sour juice

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