Oxlip definition

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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.

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A Eurasian primrose (Primula elatior) having yellow flowers clustered in a one-sided umbel.
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A perennial plant (Primula elatior) of the primrose family, having yellow flowers in early spring.
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The plant Primula elatior, similar to cowslip but with larger, pale yellow flowers.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
oxlip
Plural:
oxlips

Origin of oxlip

  • Middle English oxeslippe from Old English oxanslyppe oxan genitive sing. of oxa ox slyppe slimy substance sleubh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English *oxeslyppe, from Old English oxanslyppe (“oxlip"), from oxan, genitive of oxa (“ox") + slyppe (“paste, slimy substance"). Compare cowslip, of similar formation.

    From Wiktionary