Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A poisonous, colorless crystalline dicarboxylic acid, C2H2O4, found in many plants, such as spinach, and used as a bleach and rust remover.

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  • noun organic chemistry A colourless, crystalline dicarboxylic acid, (COOH)2, found in rhubarb, spinach and other plants, often as crystals of the calcium salt.

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  • noun a toxic colorless crystalline organic acid found in oxalis and other plants; used as a bleach and rust remover and in chemical analysis

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin oxalis, wood sorrel; see oxalis + –ic.]

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