Any of several hardy perennial herbs of the buckwheat family, widespread in temperate regions. Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella), a weed native to Europe and widespread in North America, is an attractive but troublesome invader in lawns, gardens, meadows, and grassy slopes. It has slender, triangular leaves and tiny yellow or reddish flowers. The pungent, sour leaves are used as a vegetable, as a flavouring in omelets and sauces, in soups, and, when young, in salads. Two related species are garden sorrel (R. acetosa) and French sorrel (R. scutatus), both found throughout Europe and Asia. Wood sorrels, unrelated plants in the family Oxalidaceae, belong to the genus Oxalis (see oxalis).
A hardy perennial plant, Rumex acetosa , with pointed oval, sour leaves used in salads, soups, etc., cooked with fish or used as a spinach-like...
Rumex acetosa, R. scutatus Sorrel grows wild in meadowlands throughout much of Europe and western Asia. It has been appreciated since...
(15c) :any of various plants or plant parts with sour juice: as a : any of various docks (as Rumex acetosa and R. acetosella); also : the leaves use