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 for Red sorrel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 sorrel. (Bot.) See under Mountain.
     Red sorrel. (Bot.)
     (a) A malvaceous plant ({Hibiscus Sabdariffa) whose acid
         calyxes and capsules are used in the West Indies for
         making tarts and acid drinks.
     (b) A troublesome weed ({Rumex Acetosella), also called
         sheep sorrel.
     Salt of sorrel (Chem.), binoxalate of potassa; -- so called
        because obtained from the juice of Rumex Acetosella, or
        Rumex Axetosa.
     Sorrel tree (Bot.), a small ericaceous tree ({Oxydendrum
        arboreum) whose leaves resemble those of the peach and
        have a sour taste. It is common along the Alleghanies.
        Called also sourwood.
     Wood sorrel (Bot.), any plant of the genus Oxalis.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  red sorrel
      n 1: 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 [syn: roselle,
           rozelle, sorrel, red sorrel, Jamaica sorrel,
           Hibiscus sabdariffa]

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