Definition of oxlip in English:

oxlip

noun

  • 1A woodland Eurasian primula with yellow flowers that hang down one side of the stem.

    • ‘I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows…’
    • ‘The people of Bardfield collected arms full of oxlips with which to decorate their church at Easter.’
    1. 1.1A natural hybrid between a primrose and a cowslip.
      • ‘The Cowslip Count took place in the spring of 2000 and we received data on over 2,000 places around the UK where cowslips, primroses and false oxlips are growing.’
      • ‘Cowslips and primroses can hybridise, resulting in ‘false oxlips’.’

Origin

Old English oxanslyppe, from oxa ‘ox’ + slyppe ‘slime’; compare with cowslip.

Pronunciation:

oxlip

/ˈɒkslɪp/