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scrub oak

any of several oaks, as Quercus ilicifolia and Q. prinoides, characterized by a scrubby manner of growth, usually found in dry, rocky soil.
Origin of scrub oak
1760-70, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The last brown scrub oak leaves curling closed toward winter.
  • Tracks in the snow have taught me that several kinds of birds stay near the scrub oak trees.
  • It was the kind of scrub oak that would whip you in the face if you tried to run through it.
  • Mule deer peek out from behind desert scrub oak, as vultures soar high overhead.
  • They prefer scrubs with scrub oak trees and bare or sparsely-vegetated ground.
  • All species except scrub oak declined from last year's estimate.
  • The area also offers wetlands and wet meadows surrounded by scrub oak hillsides, croplands, and sagebrush below the dam.
  • The foothill zone often consists of dry, rocky slopes featuring shrubs such as mountain-mahogany and several kinds of scrub oak.
  • The campground is forested with maple, scrub oak and fir trees, which offer plentiful shade and pretty fall color.
  • High elevations and dry ridges are covered with pitch pine-scrub oak and mixed oak forest communities.

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