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.