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oxlip (ˈɒksˌlɪp Pronunciation for oxlip



  1. Also called: paigle. a primulaceous Eurasian woodland plant, Primula elatior, with small drooping pale yellow flowers
  2. Also called: false oxlip. a similar and related plant that is a natural hybrid between the cowslip and primrose

Word Origin

Old English oxanslyppe, literally: ox's slippery dropping; see slip3, compare cowslip

Example Sentences Including 'oxlip'

Amongst the flowers are herb-Paris, oxlip , wood spurge and water avens.
Perring, Franklyn A Guide to Britain's Conservation Heritage
This is because they resemble another species of flower, the oxlip , which is found in Britain only in one or two places in East Anglia.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)


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