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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sourwood — noun Date: 1709 a small United States tree (Oxydendrum arboreum) of the heath family with white flowers and sour tasting leaves …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sourwood — /soweur wood , sow euhr /, n. See sorrel tree. [1700 10; SOUR + WOOD1] * * * ▪ tree also called  sorrel   (species Oxydendrum arboreum), deciduous ornamental tree, of the heath family (Ericaceae), native to southeastern North America. It grows to …   Universalium

  • sourwood — noun a) A North American deciduous shrubby tree, of the genus Oxydendrum, having deep fissures in its bark, and sour tasting leaves b) An Australian tree, of the genus Hibiscus; the sorrel tree …   Wiktionary

  • sourwood — noun a North American tree of the heather family, which has acid tasting leaves. [Oxydendrum arboreum.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • sourwood — sour•wood [[t]ˈsaʊərˌwʊd, ˈsaʊ ər [/t]] n. pln sorrel tree • Etymology: 1700–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • sourwood — noun deciduous shrubby tree of eastern North America having deeply fissured bark and sprays of small fragrant white flowers and sour tasting leaves • Syn: ↑sorrel tree, ↑titi, ↑Oxydendrum arboreum • Hypernyms: ↑angiospermous tree, ↑flowering tree …   Useful english dictionary

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