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oxlip Syllabification: ox·lip
Pronunciation: /ˈäksˌlip/

Definition of oxlip in English:


1A woodland Eurasian primula with yellow flowers that hang down one side of the stem.
  • Primula elatior, family Primulaceae
Example sentences
  • I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows…
  • The people of Bardfield collected arms full of oxlips with which to decorate their church at Easter.
1.1 (also false oxlip) A natural hybrid between a primrose and a cowslip.
Example sentences
  • The Cowslip Count took place in the spring of 2000 and we received data on over 2,000 places around the UK where cowslips, primroses and false oxlips are growing.
  • Cowslips and primroses can hybridise, resulting in ‘false oxlips’.


Old English oxanslyppe, from oxa 'ox' + slyppe 'slime'; compare with cowslip.

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