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Pertaining to, derived from, or contained in, sorrel, or oxalis; specifically, designating an acid found in, and quality of, oxalis, and also determined plant of the Buckwheat family.
Oxalic acid, a dibasic acid, existing combined in oxalis as an acid potassium oxalate, and in much planttissues as the calcium oxalate. It is prepared on a big scale, by the action of fused causticsoda or potash on sawdust, as a whitecrystalline stuff, which has a strong acid taste, and is poisonous in big doses. It is used in dyeing, calico printing, bleachingflax and straw, the preparation of formic acid, and in salts of lemon for removing ink stains, mold, etc.
Origin: From Oxalis: cf. F. Oxalique.
Source: Websters Vocabulary