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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
1625-1635
1625-35; Americanism

White Oak

noun
1.
a town in central Maryland, near Washington, D.C.
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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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Encyclopedia Article for white oak

any member of a group or subgenus (Leucobalanus) of North American ornamental and timber shrubs and trees of the genus Quercus in the beech family (Fagaceae). White oaks have smooth, bristleless leaves, sometimes with glandular margins, and acorns with sweet-tasting seeds that mature in one season. Bur oak and chestnut oak (qq.v.) are members of this group

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