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 (ŏk′sə-lĭs, ŏk-săl′ĭs)
Any of numerous plants of the genus Oxalis, having cloverlike compound leaves usually with three leaflets and five-petaled, variously colored flowers. Also called sorrel, wood sorrel.

[Latin oxalis, wood sorrel, from Greek, from oxus, sour; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈɒksəlɪs; ɒkˈsælɪs)
(Plants) any plant of the genus Oxalis, having clover-like leaves which contain oxalic acid and white, pink, red, or yellow flowers: family Oxalidaceae. See also wood sorrel
[C18: via Latin from Greek: sorrel, sour wine, from oxus acid, sharp]
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wood′ sor`rel

any woodland plant of the genus Oxalis, of the family Oxalidaceae, having three heart-shaped leaflets and variously colored flowers.
[1515–25; translation of French sorrel de bois]
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Noun1.oxalis - any plant or flower of the genus Oxalisoxalis - any plant or flower of the genus Oxalis
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Oxalis - type genus of the Oxalidaceae; large genus of plants having leaves that resemble clover and variously colored flowers usually clustered in umbels
common wood sorrel, cuckoo bread, Oxalis acetosella, shamrock - Eurasian plant with heart-shaped trifoliate leaves and white purple-veined flowers
Bermuda buttercup, English-weed, Oxalis cernua, Oxalis pes-caprae - South African bulbous wood sorrel with showy yellow flowers
creeping oxalis, creeping wood sorrel, Oxalis corniculata - creeping much-branched mat-forming weed; cosmopolitan
goat's foot, goatsfoot, Oxalis caprina - short-stemmed South African plant with bluish flowers
Oxalis violacea, violet wood sorrel - perennial herb of eastern North America with palmately compound leaves and usually rose-purple flowers
oca, Oxalis crenata, Oxalis tuberosa, oka - South American wood sorrel cultivated for its edible tubers
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[ɒkˈsælɪs] nossalide f
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In trials with potted rose, phlox, coreopsis, and pasque flower, the treatment killed or reduced the growth of annual bluegrass, common chickweed, creeping woodsorrel, and liverwort.
In trials with potted rose, phlox, coreopsis and pasque flower, the treatment killed or reduced the growth of annual bluegrass, common chickweed, creeping woodsorrel and liverwort.