[ oks-ahy ]

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.

  1. 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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How to use oxeye in a sentence

  • The squirrels and oxeyes squabbled in the hazels, and the badgers went harvesting when the moon rose.

    Lives of the Fur Folk | M. D. Haviland
  • "I'm so sorry," says Esther, looking up sympathisingly, with her lap full of decapitated oxeyes.

    Red as a Rose is She | Rhoda Broughton

British Dictionary definitions for oxeye


/ (ˈɒksˌaɪ) /

  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

  1. oxeye daisy another name for daisy (def. 2)

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