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  1. the skinned tail of an ox or steer, used as an ingredient in soup, stew, etc.
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Origin of oxtail

First recorded in 1675–85; ox + tail1
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Historical Examples of oxtail

  • It is an oxtail stew, canned of course, but smells appetizing.

    Behind the Scenes in Warring Germany

    Edward Lyell Fox

  • There was oxtail soup, and blood pudding, and cakes of suet, and stacks of tallow candles.

  • Put in sauce pan four ounces of butter, melt, add the oxtail, and roast until colored.

  • Opening this work with intense curiosity, to my great disappointment, what did I see,—a receipt for Oxtail Soup!

  • It may be baked in an earthen jar, like the oxtail stew, and all its goodness will be saved.

British Dictionary definitions for oxtail


  1. the skinned tail of an ox, used esp in soups and stews
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Word Origin and History for oxtail


Old English oxan tægl; see ox + tail (n.1).

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