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turkey oak

noun
1.
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
1700-1710
1700-10, Americanism
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Turkey oak

noun
1.
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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