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.

1760–70, Americanism Unabridged
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scrub oak

any of various chiefly American small shrubby oaks often a dominant form on thin dry soils sometimes forming dense thickets 
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Example sentences
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.
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