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bog oak

oak or other wood preserved in peat bogs.
Also called bogwood.
Origin of bog oak
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Her hair was dead-black with the blackness of bog-oak root or of basalt.

    The Socialist Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Big bush over there, and he danced across the bubbling marsh to a bog-oak with a thick mass of green at its base.

  • He asked the price of an elaborate specimen of carving in bog-oak.

  • A bog-oak carving represents a typical Irishman driving a "conthrairy pig," which is supposed to stand for Tim Harrington.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Whenever I see an old chest now, I always view it with suspicion—especially if it should happen to be a bog-oak chest.

    Byways of Ghost-Land Elliott O'Donnell
  • The stand is of Irish bog-oak, Celtic carving, the Irish wolfhound being very carefully executed.

    Old Irish Glass Graydon Stannus
  • It is a recumbent effigy of bog-oak, covered with wire network.

  • The blackness of peat and of bog-oak may be largely but certainly not wholly due to carbonaceous matter.

    Notes on the Fenland T. McKenny Huges
British Dictionary definitions for bog-oak

bog oak

oak or other wood found preserved in peat bogs; bogwood
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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