noun, plural ox·eyes.
  1. any of several composite plants, especially of the genera Heliopsis and Buphthalum, having ray flowers surrounding a conspicuous disk.
  2. Informal. any of several shorebirds, as the least sandpiper.
  3. Architecture. oeil-de-boeuf.

Origin of oxeye

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at ox, eye
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Examples from the Web for oxeye

Historical Examples of oxeye

  • The farmer in this locality must have an alert eye for Canada thistles and oxeye daisy.


    Calvin Elliott

  • I have seen an oxeye attack a quail and kill it in this way.

  • The wind had dropped and the Copse was silent but for the spring chirp of an oxeye.

    Lives of the Fur Folk

    M. D. Haviland

  • An oxeye daisy, p. 31, may be placed in center of canape, in the wreath of parsley.

    The Laurel Health Cookery

    Evora Bucknum Perkins

  • The ringing call of an oxeye overhead never was more clear, and blithe, and musical.

    In the West Country

    Francis A. Knight

British Dictionary definitions for oxeye


  1. any Eurasian plant of the genus Buphthalmum, having daisy-like flower heads with yellow rays and dark centres: family Asteraceae (composites)
  2. any of various North American plants of the related genus Heliopsis, having daisy-like flowers
  3. oxeye daisy another name for daisy (def. 2)
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