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white oak

noun
1.
an oak, Quercus alba, of eastern North America, having a light-gray to white bark and yielding a hard, durable wood: the state tree of Connecticut and Maryland.
2.
any of several other species of oak, as Q. garryana or Q. lobata, of western North America.
3.
the wood of any of these trees.
Origin of white oak
1625-1635
1625-35; Americanism

White Oak

noun
1.
a town in central Maryland, near Washington, D.C.
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  • A heavy skirmish-line was deployed in front of their left, and extending some distance eastward, and south of the white oak road.

    In The Ranks R. E. McBride
  • There will always be some white oak in the country; but the best has been or is being cut.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • In autumn the pale-lined leaves of the white oak turn slowly to sombre violet and dull purplish tones.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The medullary rays are broad, but not numerous in comparison with white oak.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • It is about thirty per cent stronger than white oak, and forty-six per cent more elastic.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The medullary rays are as large as those of white oak, but are few.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • It is not as large as the white oak or red oak, but is a splendid tree, its bole being very symmetrical and holding its size well.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The weight of willow oak is approximately the same as white oak.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Two of these grow upon trees as big as the common English white oak, whereof one grows in bunches like grapes.

British Dictionary definitions for white oak

white oak

noun
1.
a large oak tree, Quercus alba, of E North America, having pale bark, leaves with rounded lobes, and heavy light-coloured wood
2.
any of several other oaks, such as the roble
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