- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsɒɹəl/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsɔɹəl/
- Rhymes: -ɒɹəl
From Middle English sorel, from Old French sorel, surele (“sorrel”), from Old French sur (“sour”), of Germanic origin, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *sūraz (“sour”); equivalent to sour + -el (diminutive suffix). Compare Old English sūre (“sorrel”), Icelandic súra (“sorrel”), Dutch zuring (“dock (plant), sorrel”). More at sour.
- Any of various plants with acidic leaves, especially
- A drink, consumed especially in the Caribbean around Christmas, made from the flowers of Hibiscus sabdariffa: hibiscus tea.
- 2007, African and Caribbean Celebrations, →ISBN, page 56:
- Now, many people drink alcohol, but when I was a child I remember drinking sorrel, ginger beer and drinks made from fresh fruits such as soursop and passion-fruit. Sorrel was prepared over a long period, not as quickly as it is now.
- 2009, C. C. Alick, Dancing with the Yumawalli: Inspired by True Events, page 62:
- For instance, one day we were sitting on the porch, looking down at the lagoon and the yachts from all over the world. He was drinking ginger beer mixed with rum, and I was drinking sorrel. No rum. Out of nowhere, he proposed.
- 2012, Claudette Beckford-Brady, Sweet Home, Jamaica, page 390:
- Joy and the parents did not go either; we spent a quiet day at home, eating roast chicken and stuffing with our own green-gungu rice and peas, and drinking sorrel.
- alpine sheep's sorrel (Rumex paucifolius)
- alpine sorrel (Oxyria digyna)
- buckler sorrel
- field sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
- French sorrel (Rumex scutatus)
- grassleaf sorrel (Rumex graminifolius)
- Guinea sorrel
- heartwing sorrel (Rumex hastatulus)
- Indian sorrel
- Jamaican sorrel (roselle, Hibiscus sabdariffa)
- Krause's sorrel (Rumex krausei)
- lavender sorrel (Oxalis barrelieri)
- leaf-shield sorrel (Rumex scutatus)
- maiden sorrel (Rumex arifolius)
- mountain sorrel (Oxyria digyna)
- narrow-leaved sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
- red sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
- redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregana)
- salt of sorrel
- scurvy-grass sorrel (Oxalis enneaphylla)
- sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
- shield-leaf sorrel
- sorrel tree (Oxydendrum arboreum)
- tree sorrel (Averrhoa bilimbi)
- upright yellow-sorrel
- wood sorrel (Oxyria digyna)
- woodsorrel (Oxalis spp., also Oxalidaceae)
- yellow wood sorrel
From Middle English *sorel, from Middle French *sorel, sorrel, surrel, from Middle French sor (“yellowish-brown, reddish-brown”), probably from Old Frankish *saur (“dried”), from Proto-Germanic *sauzaz (“dry”), from Proto-Indo-European *saus- (“dry, parched”); equivalent to sore (“reddish-brown”) + -el (diminutive suffix). Cognate with Middle Dutch soor (“dry”), Old High German sōrēn (“to become dry”), and Old English sēar (“withered, barren”). See also sere.
- A brown colour, with a tint of red.
sorrel (not comparable)
- Of a brown colour, with a tint of red. (especially: a sorrel horse)