[ ok-suh-lis, ok-sal-is ]
/ ˈɒk sə lɪs, ɒkˈsæl ɪs /


any plant of the genus Oxalis, comprising the wood sorrels.

Origin of oxalis

1595–1605; < Latin: garden sorrel, sour wine < Greek oxalís, derivative of oxýs sharp
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/ (ˈɒksəlɪs, ɒkˈsælɪs) /


any plant of the genus Oxalis, having clover-like leaves which contain oxalic acid and white, pink, red, or yellow flowers: family OxalidaceaeSee also wood sorrel

Word Origin for oxalis

C18: via Latin from Greek: sorrel, sour wine, from oxus acid, sharp
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