• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sorrel of a light brownish color
    • n sorrel a horse of a brownish orange to light brown color
    • n sorrel large sour-tasting arrowhead-shaped leaves used in salads and sauces
    • n sorrel East Indian sparsely prickly annual herb or perennial subshrub widely cultivated for its fleshy calyxes used in tarts and jelly and for its bast fiber
    • n sorrel any of certain coarse weedy plants with long taproots, sometimes used as table greens or in folk medicine
    • n sorrel any plant or flower of the genus Oxalis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sorrel A yellowish or redish brown color.
    • a Sorrel Of a yellowish or redish brown color; as, a sorrel horse.
    • n Sorrel (Bot) One of various plants having a sour juice; especially, a plant of the genus Rumex, as Rumex Acetosa Rumex Acetosella, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sorrel One of several species of the genus Rumex, smaller plants than the docks of the same genus, having the leaves typically halberd-shaped, more or less succulent, and impregnated with oxalic acid. The common sorrel of the Old World is R. Acetosa, which has been much cultivated for culinary use. R. scutatus, the French sorrel, is, however, preferred for the purpose, being more succulent and less acid. Sorrel is much grown on the European continent, especially in France. It is used in salads and soups, but is more commonly dressed as a spinach. The use of sorrel iu America is slight but increasing. R. Acetosella, sometimes substituted for the foregoing, is the common sheep-sorrel. Both plants are refrigerant and diuretic antiscorbutics. See cut under Rumex.
    • n sorrel A plant of the genus Oxalis, more properly called wood-sorrel (see cuts under Oxalis and obcordate): the name is also extended to other plants of different genera (see phrases)
    • n sorrel The sheep-sorrel: probably from the red male inflorescence.
    • sorrel Of a yellowish-or reddish-brown color.
    • n sorrel A color between a reddish and a yellowish brown.
    • n sorrel An animal of a sorrel color; especially, a sorrel horse.
    • n sorrel A buck of the third year. Compare sore, n., 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sorrel sor′el one of several species of the genus Rumex, allied to the dock, the leaves impregnated with oxalic acid—the Scotch Sourock. The Wood-sorrel belongs to the genus Oxalis.
    • adj Sorrel sor′el of a reddish-brown colour
    • n Sorrel a reddish-brown colour
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. saur, saure, OF. sor, sore, probably of Teutonic origin; cf. D. zoor, dry, LG. soor,; the meaning probably coming from the color of dry leaves. See Sear (a.), and cf. Sorel


In literature:

The mount was a sorrel with white stockings and a splash of white on the nose.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
My wife prays to her, and she loosens the nails in the sorrel's shoes.
"In Kings' Byways" by Stanley J. Weyman
His whiskers were an untamed sorrel bristling and across his cheekbone was the ugly scar of a half healed wound.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
I think that sorrel would suit you nicely.
"Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York" by Lemuel Ely Quigg
Fred Temple was one of the men who held on to the weather-rigging; two of the others were his friends Grant and Sam Sorrel.
"Chasing the Sun" by R.M. Ballantyne
Under the snow was found an abundance of sorrel, a most potent antidote against scurvy.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Then they tasted an egg with sorrel and some rice steeped in milk.
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
It is the Dauphin's little sorrel pony, whom the grooms are neglecting, and who calls sadly from his empty manger.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
Natalie rode a young sorrel rejoicing in the name of Caspar.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
The central figure of the book, by virtue of her great misfortune, is Hetty Sorrel.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various

In poetry:

A bunch of violets without their roots,
And sorrel intermixed,
Encircled by a wisp of straw
Once coiled about their shoots,
The law
By which I'm fixed.
"I Am A Parcel Of Vain Strivings Tied" by Henry David Thoreau
And fragrant the greeting the eucalypts threw
From branches of amber and sorrel;
While hard by the door a pittosporum grew-
We called it "The Japanese Laurel."
"The Libel" by John O Brien
Is come. And by each leafing way
The sorrel drops pale blots of pink;
And, like an angled star a fay
Sets on her forehead's pallid day,
The blossoms of the trillium wink.
"Wood-Words" by Madison Julius Cawein
'Before the daisy and the sorrel buy
Their brightness back from that close-folding night,
Come, and the shadows from thy bosom shake,
Awake from thy thick sleep, awake, awake!'
"The Wakers" by John Freeman
We would rather go ere the sweet Spring dies.
We have seen the violet droop its eyes,
The sorrel grow green where the celandine shone,
And the windflower fade ere you knew 'twas gone.
"The Passing Of The Primroses" by Alfred Austin
But presently, I understand,
'Twas Bob who held the widow's hand.
She decker herself in orange spray,
And all her weeds she cast away.
Now where the sorrel sheds its seeds
Brown's grave is thick with widow's weeds.
"The Weeds" by Edward Dyson

In news:

WPP CEO Martin Sorrell sat down with Valley Girl to talk about entrepreneurs, being knighted, and the ad business.
Jeanne Merkle Sorrell, PhD, RN, FAAN.
WPP chief executive Martin Sorrell said in a statement that he is "confident the firm's track record of success and its reputation for delivering results for its clients will continue under Don Baer 's leadership.".
The US fiscal cliff should be the priority for President Obama in his second term, Sorrell says.
Sorrell sees investors becoming more "bullish" over the prospects for the US over long-term.
With Sorrell holding a narrow 3% lead, Donovan camp buzzing .
As weeds go, pink sorrel grows wild and pretty.
WPP's Sorrell: Europe 'halfway through' decade of slow growth.
Ernesto Cantu, Sorrell Urban Bistro Service Manager.
Tim Sorrells, general counsel for the Texas Ethics Commission, says George Patrick Bush filed a campaign treasurer appointment Wednesday.
Sorrels is one of the Sacramento city officers who will be filling in for the county's animal control officials grieving the loss of one of their own.
WPP's Sorrell: Europe ' halfway through' decade of slow growth.
Subway, one of the NBC show's sponsors, will pay Season 8 contestant Shay Sorrells $1,000 a pound to keep dropping weight.
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A Bayou Sorrel resident was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence, after he pleaded guilty to charges of possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
Samantha Donah, Brandon Sorrell, Dat T Ong and Chu Xiong died in a car/pedestrian crash that stunned the region.

In science:

For instance, Sorrell (1995a,b) proposed a mechanism of grain spin-up due to interaction with cosmic rays that locally heat grains and provide evaporation of adsorbed H2 molecules.
Physics of Grain Alignment
For instance, Sorrell (1995a,b) proposed a mechanism of grain spin-up due to interaction with cosmic rays that locally heat grains and provide evaporation of adsorbed H2 molecules.
Polarized Foreground Emission from Dust: Grain Alignment and MHD Turbulence