adjective Chemistry.

of or derived from oxalic acid.

Nearby words

  1. oxa-,
  2. oxacillin,
  3. oxalate,
  4. oxalate calculus,
  5. oxalemia,
  6. oxalic acid,
  7. oxalis,
  8. oxaloacetic acid,
  9. oxalosis,
  10. oxalosuccinic acid

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



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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