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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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.