Origin of ox-eyed

First recorded in 1615–25; ox + eyed
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Historical Examples of ox-eyed

  • The ox-eyed women gazed at him with shy admiration, for his type drew them.

  • It is of quite desirable to keep hotels and be with that Juno—that ox-eyed Juno.

  • Stolid and ox-eyed, they stepped from their doorways into the narrow paths or upon the soft grass of the streets.

  • If the term "ox-eyed" ever applied to humanity, it is appropriate to the Maori women, who possess this one feature in perfection.

    Under the Southern Cross

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • Ox-Eyed Daisies may be used for a luncheon-table decoration very effectively.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining

    Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott

British Dictionary definitions for ox-eyed


  1. having large round eyes, like those of an ox
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Word Origin and History for ox-eyed

1620s, from ox + eye (n.).

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