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  1. trademark extract of beef in the shape of small cubes which are mixed with boiling water and used for flavouring, as stock, a drink, etc
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Word Origin

C20: from ox + -o
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Examples from the Web for oxo

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Historical Examples

  • These pioneer attempts were quickly absorbed by Lemco and Oxo.


    W. A. Hirst

  • There was a tin of Oxo cubes, which I flung surreptitiously on to a dust-heap.

  • We gave them "Oxo," and the medical officer came and looked at them.

    At Suvla Bay

    John Hargrave

  • The great extent of the extract of meat trade is shown by a circular issued by the Lemco and Oxo Company.

  • I lived for the next few days on bully beef biscuits, softened, and oxo cubes dissolved in water.

    The Black Watch

    Scout Joe Cassells

Word Origin and History for oxo


proper name of a brand of beef extract, 1899, British.

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