ox·​lip ˈäk-ˌslip How to pronounce oxlip (audio)
: a Eurasian primula (Primula elatior) having usually yellow flowers

Illustration of oxlip

Illustration of oxlip

Word History


Middle English *oxeslippe, from Old English oxanslyppe, literally, ox dung, from oxa ox + slypa, slyppe paste — more at slip

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oxlip was before the 12th century

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“Oxlip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxlip. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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