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  1. a Eurasian primrose, Primula elatior, having clusters of small yellow flowers on a long stem.
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Historical Examples of oxlip

  • Oxlip, oks′lip, n. a species of primrose, having its flowers in an umbel on a stalk like the cowslip.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)


  • Why, do you remember that there stir, sir, about the ghost that was said to haunt Oxlip Dell?

  • Drawing her scarlet cloak higher on her shoulders, she bent her steps towards Oxlip Dell.

  • The first visit we paid the following morning was to Oxlip Grange, to see Coralie.

  • Huxley held forth last week about the oxlip, which he says is unknown on the Continent.

British Dictionary definitions for oxlip


  1. Also called: paigle a primulaceous Eurasian woodland plant, Primula elatior, with small drooping pale yellow flowers
  2. Also called: false oxlip a similar and related plant that is a natural hybrid between the cowslip and primrose
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Word Origin for oxlip

Old English oxanslyppe, literally: ox's slippery dropping; see slip ³, compare cowslip
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