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turkey oak

noun
1.
any of several oaks, as Quercus cerris, of Eurasia, or Q. laevis and Q. incana, of the southern U.S., that grow on dry, sandy barrens.
Origin of turkey oak
1700-1710
1700-10, Americanism
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  • Woodlots of turkey oak planted in fertile land would probably do as well as most of the southern red oaks under like conditions.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The fact is, the name forked-leaf oak is applied oftener to the turkey oak (Quercus catesbæi) than to this one.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Tests of the wood to determine its character and qualities do not justify so low an estimate of turkey oak.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for turkey oak

Turkey oak

noun
1.
an oak tree, Quercus cerris, of W and S Europe, with deeply lobed hairy leaves
Word Origin
C18: so called because its acorns are often eaten by turkeys
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