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[ok-suh-lis, ok-sal-is]
  1. any plant of the genus Oxalis, comprising the wood sorrels.
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Origin of oxalis

1595–1605; < Latin: garden sorrel, sour wine < Greek oxalís, derivative of oxýs sharp
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Historical Examples of oxalis

  • Lythrum and the trimorphic Oxalis are the most wonderful cases.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II

    Charles Darwin

  • Have you seeds of Oxalis sensitiva, which I see mentioned in books?

  • Can you spare me a good plant (or even two) of Oxalis sensitiva?

  • Oxalis stricta (yellow wood-sorrel), 1853, at Smith's and his wood-path.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau

  • The flowers of all the species of Oxalis, the Wood-sorrel, are very pretty.

British Dictionary definitions for oxalis


  1. 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
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Word Origin for oxalis

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