wood sorrel

any of numerous plants of the genus Oxalis, esp. O. acetosella, of Eurasia, having heart-shaped, trifoliolate leaves and white, pink-veined flowers.
[1515-25; trans. of F sorrel de bois; r. woodsour, so called from sour taste of the leaves]

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plant
 any plant of the genus Oxalis, numbering several hundred species, within the family Oxalidaceae. The name is chiefly used for O. montana, a stemless trifoliate (i.e., with three leaflets) herb native to North America from southern Canada southward to Tennessee and westward to Minnesota. It grows about 15 cm (6 inches) tall, has pink-tinted stems, and white or reddish flowers that appear from May until August.

      The name wood sorrel is sometimes inaccurately applied to sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) of the family Polygonaceae and to a West Indian begonia, Begonia acutifolia, of the family Begoniaceae.

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  • Wood sorrel — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wood sorrel — Wood Wood, n. [OE. wode, wude, AS. wudu, wiodu; akin to OHG. witu, Icel. vi?r, Dan. & Sw. ved wood, and probably to Ir. & Gael. fiodh, W. gwydd trees, shrubs.] [1913 Webster] 1. A large and thick collection of trees; a forest or grove; frequently …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wood sorrel — n. [transl. of MFr sorrel de boys] any of a genus (Oxalis, family Oxalidaceae) of creeping dicotyledonous plants (order Geraniales) with white, pink, red, or yellow, five parted flowers and cloverlike compound leaves that contain oxalic acid:… …   English World dictionary

  • wood sorrel — noun any plant or flower of the genus Oxalis • Syn: ↑oxalis, ↑sorrel • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant • Hyponyms: ↑common wood sorrel, ↑cuckoo brea …   Useful english dictionary

  • wood-sorrel — paprastasis kiškiakopūstis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Kiškiakopūstinių šeimos prieskoninis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Oxalis acetosella), paplitęs Europoje ir Azijoje. Iš jo gaminami maisto priedai (kvėpikliai). atitikmenys: lot.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • wood sorrel — Oxalis Ox a*lis, n. [L., a kind of sorrel, Gr. oxali s, fr. oxy s sharp, pungent, acid.] (Bot.) A genus of plants, mostly herbs, with acid tasting trifoliolate or multifoliolate leaves; called also {wood sorrel}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wood sorrel — kiškiakopūstis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Kiškiakopūstinių (Oxalidaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Oxalis). atitikmenys: lot. Oxalis angl. oxalis; sorrel; wood sorrel vok. Hasenklee; Kuckucksklee; Sauerklee rus. кислица lenk. szczawik …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • wood sorrel — /ˈwʊd sɒrəl/ (say wood soruhl) noun any of a number of species of Oxalis as yellow wood sorrel …   Australian English dictionary

  • wood sorrel — noun Date: 13th century any of a genus (Oxalis of the family Oxalidaceae, the wood sorrel family) of herbs with acid sap, compound leaves, and regular flowers having five usually white, purple, or yellow petals; especially either of two stemless… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wood sorrel — wood′ sor rel n. pln any woodland plant of the genus Oxalis, of the family Oxalidaceae, having three heart shaped leaflets and variously colored flowers • Etymology: 1515–25; trans. of F sorrel de bois …   From formal English to slang

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