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oxalic

[ok-sal-ik]
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adjective Chemistry.
  1. oxalic acid.
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Origin of oxalic

From the French word oxalique, dating back to 1785–95. See oxalis, -ic
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Examples from the Web for oxalic

Historical Examples

  • While I am at Brighton she kills herself and the baby with what is left of the oxalic acid.

    If Winter Don't

    Barry Pain

  • She cleans my straw hat with oxalic acid, which I have bought for her.

    If Winter Don't

    Barry Pain

  • The brush should be destroyed after use, as oxalic acid is poisonous.

  • Rust or ink stains can be removed with a solution of oxalic acid.

  • If the oxalic acid solution is of the strength of 4·42 grms.


Word Origin and History for oxalic

adj.

1791, from French oxalique (1787, Lavoisier), from Latin oxalis "sorrel," from Greek oxalis, from oxys "sharp" (see acrid). So called because it occurs in sorrel.

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