turkey oak

turkey oak

noun
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:
1700–10, Americanism

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Turkey oak
 
n
an oak tree, Quercus cerris, of W and S Europe, with deeply lobed hairy leaves
 
[C18: so called because its acorns are often eaten by turkeys]

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