oxalic

[ok-sal-ik]

Origin of oxalic

From the French word oxalique, dating back to 1785–95. See oxalis, -ic
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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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