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Oak meaning

oak - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. Any tree or shrub of the genus Quercus. The oaks have alternate leaves, often variously lobed, and staminate flowers in catkins. The fruit is a smooth nut, called an acorn, which is more or less inclosed in a scaly involucre called the cup or cupule. There are now recognized about three hundred species, of which nearly fifty occur in the United States, the rest in Europe, Asia, and the other parts of North America, a very few barely reaching the northern parts of South America and Africa. Many of the oaks form forest trees of grand proportions and live many centuries. The wood is usually hard and tough, and provided with conspicuous medullary rays, forming the silver grain.
  2. 2. The strong wood or timber of the oak.
  3. 3. Genus of timber trees.
  4. 4. Oak, oaken.

oak - examples of usage

  1. He is built up like an oak. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. The Squire holds Jack in very high esteem, and shows him to all his visitors, as a specimen of old English " heart of oak." - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  3. The British had now formed in a single line in front of the oak, and Vanderhorst advanced boldly on within one hundred yards. - "A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion", William Dobein James.
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