- The definition of an oxlip is a European primrose that has yellow flowers on one side of the stem.
A plant that has a yellow rose flower on one side of its thorny stem and that is a cross between a cowslip and a hybrid primrose is an example of an oxlip.
Origin of oxlipOld English oxanslyppe ; from oxan, genitive of oxa (see ox) + slyppe, dropping: see slip
Origin of oxlipMiddle English oxeslippe, from Old English oxanslyppe : oxan, genitive sing. of oxa, ox + slyppe, slimy substance; see sleubh- in Indo-European roots.
- The plant Primula elatior, similar to cowslip but with larger, pale yellow flowers.
From Middle English *oxeslyppe, from Old English oxanslyppe (“oxlip"), from oxan, genitive of oxa (“ox") + slyppe (“paste, slimy substance"). Compare cowslip, of similar formation.