follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

bur oak

noun
1.
an oak tree, Quercus macrocarpa, of eastern North America, having shiny, dark-green leaves, light-gray deeply ridged bark, and very large acorns with a fringed cup, yielding a hard, durable wood: the state tree of Illinois.
Origin of bur oak
1805-1815
1805-15, Americanism
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for bur oak
Historical Examples
  • The largest acorn I know is the fruit of the bur oak, and it is borne in a mossy cup, indeed.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • In most of its range it is associated with the bur oak from which it is not commonly separated.

    Trees of Indiana Charles Clemon Deam
  • For instance, a white oak and a bur oak grow near enough for the wind to "cross-fertilize" their pistillate flowers.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The bur oak is a rugged, ragged tree, compared with the white oak.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • In the flats of southeastern Indiana it is generally called white oak, and in some places it is known as bur oak.

    Trees of Indiana Charles Clemon Deam
  • In a range of so great geographical extent the bur oak finds it necessary to adapt itself to many kinds of land.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Medium sized trees; bark generally intermediate between that of the swamp white and bur oak; leaves on petioles 5-30 mm.

    Trees of Indiana Charles Clemon Deam
  • The weight of bur oak is approximately the same as white oak, and the two woods are much the same in strength and elasticity.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • bur oak, because it is a vigorous species, was able to take possession of such burned areas, to the exclusion of most others.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The future of bur oak does not promise much after the trees which now remain have been cut.

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

bur oak

noun
1.
an E North American oak, Quercus macrocarpa, having fringed acorn cups and durable timber
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bur oak

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bur

5
7
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bur oak