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[oks-ahy] /ˈɒksˌaɪ/
noun, plural oxeyes.
any of several composite plants, especially of the genera Heliopsis and Buphthalum, having ray flowers surrounding a conspicuous disk.
Informal. any of several shorebirds, as the least sandpiper.
Architecture. oeil-de-boeuf.
Origin of oxeye
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at ox, eye Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The farmer in this locality must have an alert eye for Canada thistles and oxeye daisy.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • I have seen an oxeye attack a quail and kill it in this way.

  • The wind had dropped and the Copse was silent but for the spring chirp of an oxeye.

    Lives of the Fur Folk M. D. Haviland
  • An oxeye daisy, p. 31, may be placed in center of canape, in the wreath of parsley.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • The ringing call of an oxeye overhead never was more clear, and blithe, and musical.

    In the West Country Francis A. Knight
  • Their small size, and their notes have given them the familiar name of "peep," but near New York they are also called "oxeye."

  • A costly Diamond, that had once sparkled in a lady's ring, lay in a field amid tall grasses and oxeye daisies.

    Stories to Tell Children Sara Cone Bryant
  • In the house they should be given the same food as the oxeye, accustoming them to it at first by mixing bruised hemp-seed with it.

British Dictionary definitions for oxeye


any Eurasian plant of the genus Buphthalmum, having daisy-like flower heads with yellow rays and dark centres: family Asteraceae (composites)
any of various North American plants of the related genus Heliopsis, having daisy-like flowers
oxeye daisy, another name for daisy (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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