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  1. a Californian white oak, Quercus lobata, having a short trunk and large, spreading branches.
  2. any of several other trees, especially of the oak and beech families.

Origin of roble

1860–65; < Spanish, PortugueseLatin rōbur oak tree
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Examples from the Web for roble

Historical Examples

  • The Encina politicians did not know Roble girls for nothing.

    Stanford Stories

    Charles K. Field

  • On the evening of Friday, the closing day, Roble gave an impromptu dance.

    Stanford Stories

    Charles K. Field

  • Won't we make a bloodthirsty gang of roble ned men—er, noble red men!

    Frank Merriwell at Yale

    Burt L. Standish

  • The tree that gives the memorable touch to the landscape of the coast valleys is the oak, both the roble and encinas varieties.


    Mary Austin

  • Roble caught sight of him beyond the flower beds, over the heads of the tall pampas.

    Stanford Stories

    Charles K. Field

British Dictionary definitions for roble


  1. Also called: white oak an oak tree, Quercus lobata, of California, having leathery leaves and slender pointed acorns
  2. any of several similar or related trees

Word Origin

C19: from Spanish: from Latin rōbur oak, strength
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