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trademark extract of beef in the shape of small cubes which are mixed with boiling water and used for flavouring, as stock, a drink, etc
Word Origin
C20: from ox + -o
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  • These pioneer attempts were quickly absorbed by Lemco and oxo.

    Argentina W. A. Hirst
  • There was a tin of oxo cubes, which I flung surreptitiously on to a dust-heap.

  • We gave them "oxo," and the medical officer came and looked at them.

    At Suvla Bay John Hargrave
  • The great extent of the extract of meat trade is shown by a circular issued by the Lemco and oxo Company.

  • I lived for the next few days on bully beef biscuits, softened, and oxo cubes dissolved in water.

    The Black Watch Scout Joe Cassells
  • Some one produced a cube of oxo, and we had that divided and a whisky peg each.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
Word Origin and History for oxo


proper name of a brand of beef extract, 1899, British.

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