Definition of oxalis in English:


Syllabification: ox·a·lis
Pronunciation: /ˈäksəlis, äkˈsalis


  • A plant of a genus that includes the wood sorrel, typically having three-lobed leaves and white, yellow, or pink flowers.
    • Genus Oxalis, family Oxalidaceae
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    • 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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