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oxalis Line breaks: ox¦alis
Pronunciation: /ˈɒksəlɪs/

Definition of oxalis in English:


A plant of a genus which includes the wood sorrel, typically having three-lobed leaves and white, yellow, or pink flowers.
  • Genus Oxalis, family Oxalidaceae
Example sentences
  • If possible, weed the unwanted oxalis in flower beds rather than use a herbicide, which may damage or kill your more desirable plants.
  • This was the weedmat that defeated my oxalis and couch grass.
  • Semi-tropical natives such as dahlias, gladioli, begonias, canna, caladium, elephant ears, oxalis and other tender summer-flowering bulbs will not make it through the winter outside of the warmest climate zones.


Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek, from oxus 'sour' (because of its sharp-tasting leaves).

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