- any of several oak trees, as Quercus rubra, or Q. falcata, of North America.
- the hard, cross-grained wood of these trees.
Origin of red oak
An Americanism dating back to 1625–35
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Examples from the Web for red oak
They were grown with red-oak and yellow poplar-brush toward the west.Atlantic Narratives
- any of several deciduous oak trees, esp Quercus borealis, native to North America, having bristly leaves with triangular lobes and acorns with small cups
- the hard cross-grained reddish wood of this tree
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