Definitions

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  • adj. Having no ox or oxen.

Etymologies

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From ox +‎ -less.

Examples

  • On those "oxless" shores, where, as Byron says, "beef was rare," though

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843

  • Once a "harness-cask," hostile to every sense, came trundled by waves eager to expel it from the vicinity of these oxless but scented isles.

    Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • “harness-cask,” hostile to every sense, came trundled by waves eager to expel it from the vicinity of these oxless but scented isles.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • He could not resist the singularly appropriate quotation — ‘But beef is rare within these oxless isles; Goats’ flesh there is, no doubt, and kid, and mutton, And when a holiday upon them smiles, A joint upon their barbarous spits they put on.’

    Sketches by Boz

  • The factory’s rear door slid open, and an oxless wagon rolled into the alley.

    DEBTOR'S PLANET

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