Example sentences for: oxlip

How can you use “oxlip” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • A cowslip is rather more likely since they grow in meadows or, of course, it could have been an oxlip.

  • The hybrid between the primrose and the cowslip ( Primula veris x vulgaris , sometimes called Primula variabilis ) is known as the oxlip . Usually it is called the common oxlip because it occurs quite frequently, but purists prefer to call it the false oxlip since there is a third species, Primula elatior , now found only in the eastern counties of England, which is, for them, the true oxlip . To add to the confusion the true oxlip is also known as the paigle , a name which, in the past, has been rather indiscriminately applied to several wildflowers including buttercups.

  • Shakespeare knew of primroses ( Cymbeline ), cowslips ( The Tempest ), and oxlips ( The Winter's Tale ), and presumably the difference between them although there seems to be no way of knowing which oxlip he meant.

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