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turkey oak

any of several oaks, as Quercus cerris, of Eurasia, or Q. laevis and Q. incana, of the southern U.S., that grow on dry, sandy barrens.
Origin of turkey oak
1700-10, Americanism Unabridged
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  • turkey-oak is so call'd from a small Acorn it bears, which the wild Turkeys feed on.

British Dictionary definitions for turkey-oak

Turkey oak

an oak tree, Quercus cerris, of W and S Europe, with deeply lobed hairy leaves
Word Origin
C18: so called because its acorns are often eaten by turkeys
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