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scrub oak

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • All this waste of sand and scrub oak which I had seen in 1833 was now covered with buildings big and little.

    Children of the Market Place Edgar Lee Masters
  • To reach the regular trail, they filed through a forest of scrub oak.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • The remains of the forest, overgrown with scrub oak and popple thickets pushed down to the right of way.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • scrub oak extended from the edge of the cliff to the marsh behind the Point.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • She gave a flying leap and landed safely, clutching the scrub oak in whose branches the wallet was lodged.

    The Carter Girls Nell Speed
  • Andy leaped a ditch and started to get to the thin line of scrub oak beyond which lay the creek.

    Airship Andy Frank V. Webster
  • A half-hour ago I caught my last glimpse of him between a scrub oak and a cedar.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • In places one comes upon old fields that have been allowed to revert to broom sedge, scrub oak and scrub pine.

    George Washington: Farmer Paul Leland Haworth
  • Retracing their steps, the boys had reached the scrub oak when they halted with one accord and stared through the leafy screen.

    Copper Coleson's Ghost Edward P. Hendrick
  • These western hills were rocky, and at their end a growth of firs, scrub oak, and brush gave the lynchers shelter.

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