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scrub oak

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noun
  1. any of several oaks, as Quercus ilicifolia and Q. prinoides, characterized by a scrubby manner of growth, usually found in dry, rocky soil.

Origin of scrub oak

An Americanism dating back to 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for scrub oak

Historical Examples

  • And I am but a scrub-oak in this forest of giants, my Brothers.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • It was in a mass of poison ivy that had climbed up on a scrub-oak.

    A-Birding on a Bronco

    Florence A. Merriam

  • Is a peach-tree just like a horse-chestnut, or a scrub-oak, or a honey-locust?

  • Jeff saw that his horse had been tied up in the shade of a scrub-oak.

    Bunch Grass

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • Thence, through a tangled wilderness of scrub-oak and manzanita, down a steep slope, into a pretty caon.

    Bunch Grass

    Horace Annesley Vachell