Origin of oxlipOld English oxanslyppe from oxan, genitive of oxa (see ox) + slyppe, dropping: see slip
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 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.
- The common Oxlip is a hybrid more or less intermediate between the Cowslip and the Primrose.
- The chief British genera are Primula, including P. vulgaris, primrose, P. veris, cowslip, P. elation, oxlip, and the small alpine species P. farinosa, with mealy leaves; Lysimachia, loose strife, including L.