sorrel

If you have a reddish-brown horse, you can call it a sorrel. If your favorite riding boots are the same color as your horse, you can describe them as sorrel too.

The word sorrel is a homograph with two distinct meanings and wordways into English. You can go for either the reddish brown color (or a horse that's got it) on the one hand, or any of various plants with sour juice. Both words came via French, and are ultimately from different Germanic roots. The color sorrel comes from sor, "yellowish-brown" in Middle French, while the horse of the same name might more commonly be described as "chestnut."

Primary Meanings of sorrel

1.
n
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
2.
nadj
a horse of a brownish orange to light brown color
of a light brownish color
Full Definitions of sorrel
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n 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

Synonyms:
Hibiscus sabdariffa, Jamaica sorrel, red sorrel, roselle, rozelle
Type of:
hibiscus
any plant of the genus Hibiscus

n large sour-tasting arrowhead-shaped leaves used in salads and sauces

Synonyms:
common sorrel
Type of:
green, greens, leafy vegetable
any of various leafy plants or their leaves and stems eaten as vegetables

n any of certain coarse weedy plants with long taproots, sometimes used as table greens or in folk medicine

Synonyms:
dock, sour grass
Types:
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Rumex acetosa, garden sorrel, sour dock
European sorrel with large slightly acidic sagittate leaves grown throughout north temperate zone for salad and spring greens
Rumex acetosella, sheep sorrel, sheep's sorrel
small plant having pleasantly acid-tasting arrow-shaped leaves; common in dry places
Rumex obtusifolius, bitter dock, broad-leaved dock, yellow dock
European dock with broad obtuse leaves and bitter rootstock common as a weed in North America
French sorrel, Rumex scutatus, garden sorrel
low perennial with small silvery-green ovate to hastate leaves
Type of:
herb, herbaceous plant
a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

n any plant or flower of the genus Oxalis

Synonyms:
oxalis, wood sorrel
Types:
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Oxalis acetosella, common wood sorrel, cuckoo bread, shamrock
Eurasian plant with heart-shaped trifoliate leaves and white purple-veined flowers
Bermuda buttercup, English-weed, Oxalis cernua, Oxalis pes-caprae
South African bulbous wood sorrel with showy yellow flowers
Oxalis corniculata, creeping oxalis, creeping wood sorrel
creeping much-branched mat-forming weed; cosmopolitan
Oxalis caprina, goat's foot, goatsfoot
short-stemmed South African plant with bluish flowers
Oxalis violacea, violet wood sorrel
perennial herb of eastern North America with palmately compound leaves and usually rose-purple flowers
Oxalis crenata, Oxalis tuberosa, oca, oka
South American wood sorrel cultivated for its edible tubers
Type of:
herb, herbaceous plant
a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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n a horse of a brownish orange to light brown color

Type of:
Equus caballus, horse
solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times

adj of a light brownish color

Synonyms:
brownish-orange
chromatic
being or having or characterized by hue

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