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sheep sorrel

a slender weed, Rumex acetosella, of the buckwheat family, found in poor, dry soils, having arrow-shaped leaves with an acid taste.
Origin of sheep sorrel
1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After Rabbits'-meat, sheep-sorrel, cuckoo-spice, we find Hallelujah!

    Society for Pure English, Tract 5 Society for Pure English
  • The spade or plow that turns these under is sure to turn up some other variety, as chickweed, sheep-sorrel, or goose-foot.

    A Year in the Fields John Burroughs
  • The property was picturesque to look at but its best herbage was sheep-sorrel.

    My Friends at Brook Farm John Van Der Zee Sears
British Dictionary definitions for sheep-sorrel

sheep sorrel

a polygonaceous plant, Rumex acetosella, of the N hemisphere, having slightly bitter-tasting leaves and small reddish flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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