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oxalic

[ok-sal-ik] /ɒkˈsæl ɪk/
adjective, Chemistry
1.
of or derived from oxalic acid.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < French oxalique. See oxalis, -ic
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  • oxalic acid interferes with the essential minerals iron, magnesium and especially calcium.
Word Origin and History for oxalic
adj.

1791, from French oxalique (1787, Lavoisier), from Latin oxalis "sorrel," from Greek oxalis, from oxys "sharp" (see acrid). So called because it occurs in sorrel.

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