Sorrel tree
Sorrel Sor"rel, n. [F. surelle, fr. sur sour, fr. OHG. s?r sour. See {Sour}.] (Bot.) One of various plants having a sour juice; especially, a plant of the genus {Rumex}, as {Rumex Acetosa}, {Rumex Acetosella}, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Mountain sorrel}. (Bot.) See under {Mountain}.

{Red sorrel}. (Bot.) (a) A malvaceous plant ({Hibiscus Sabdariffa}) whose acid calyxes and capsules are used in the West Indies for making tarts and acid drinks. (b) A troublesome weed ({Rumex Acetosella}), also called {sheep sorrel}.

{Salt of sorrel} (Chem.), binoxalate of potassa; -- so called because obtained from the juice of {Rumex Acetosella}, or {Rumex Axetosa}.

{Sorrel tree} (Bot.), a small ericaceous tree ({Oxydendrum arboreum}) whose leaves resemble those of the peach and have a sour taste. It is common along the Alleghanies. Called also {sourwood}.

{Wood sorrel} (Bot.), any plant of the genus Oxalis. [1913 Webster]


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  • sorrel tree — ☆ sorrel tree n. SOURWOOD …   English World dictionary

  • sorrel tree — noun 1. Australian tree with acid foliage • Syn: ↑Hibiscus heterophyllus • Hypernyms: ↑hibiscus 2. deciduous shrubby tree of eastern North America having deeply fissured bark and sprays of small fragrant white flowers and sour tasting leaves •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sorrel tree — sor′rel tree n. pln a North American tree, Oxydendrum arboreum, of the heath family, having leaves with an acid flavor and drooping clusters of white flowers Also called sourwood • Etymology: 1680–90, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • sorrel tree — /ˈsɒrəl tri/ (say soruhl tree) noun a North American tree, Oxydendrum arboreum, having leaves with an acid flavour and racemes of white flowers …   Australian English dictionary

  • sorrel tree — a North American tree, Oxydendrum arboreum, of the heath family, having leaves with an acid flavor and drooping clusters of white flowers. Also called sourwood. [1680 90, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • sorrel tree — noun Date: 1687 sourwood …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Sorrel — Sor rel, n. [F. surelle, fr. sur sour, fr. OHG. s?r sour. See {Sour}.] (Bot.) One of various plants having a sour juice; especially, a plant of the genus {Rumex}, as {Rumex Acetosa}, {Rumex Acetosella}, etc. [1913 Webster] {Mountain sorrel}. (Bot …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tree sorrel — Tree Tree (tr[=e]), n. [OE. tree, tre, treo, AS. tre[ o], tre[ o]w, tree, wood; akin to OFries. tr[=e], OS. treo, trio, Icel. tr[=e], Dan. tr[ae], Sw. tr[ a], tr[ a]d, Goth. triu, Russ. drevo, W. derw an oak, Ir. darag, darog, Gr. dry^s a tree,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tree — (tr[=e]), n. [OE. tree, tre, treo, AS. tre[ o], tre[ o]w, tree, wood; akin to OFries. tr[=e], OS. treo, trio, Icel. tr[=e], Dan. tr[ae], Sw. tr[ a], tr[ a]d, Goth. triu, Russ. drevo, W. derw an oak, Ir. darag, darog, Gr. dry^s a tree, oak, do ry… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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