durmast

durmast

[dur-mast, -mahst]
noun
a European oak, Quercus petraea, yielding a heavy, elastic wood used for furniture and in the construction of buildings.

Origin:
1785–95; short for durmast oak, perhaps erroneously for dunmast oak; see dun2, mast2

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durmast or durmast oak (ˈdɜːˌmɑːst)
 
n
1.  Compare pedunculate oak Also called: sessile oak a large Eurasian oak tree, Quercus petraea, with lobed leaves and sessile acorns
2.  the heavy elastic wood of this tree, used in building and cabinetwork
 
[C18: probably alteration of dun mast; see dun², mast²]
 
durmast oak or durmast oak
 
n
 
[C18: probably alteration of dun mast; see dun², mast²]

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