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[dur-mast, -mahst]
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  1. a European oak, Quercus petraea, yielding a heavy, elastic wood used for furniture and in the construction of buildings.

Origin of durmast

1785–95; short for durmast oak, perhaps erroneously for dunmast oak; see dun2, mast2
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Historical Examples

  • Even in the south, durmast oak has proved its superiority to the other.

    Trees. A Woodland Notebook

    Herbert Maxwell

  • Undoubtedly in this respect the durmast far surpasses the other.

British Dictionary definitions for durmast


durmast oak

  1. Also called: sessile oak a large Eurasian oak tree, Quercus petraea, with lobed leaves and sessile acornsCompare pedunculate oak
  2. the heavy elastic wood of this tree, used in building and cabinetwork

Word Origin

C18: probably alteration of dun mast; see dun ², mast ²
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