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water oak

noun
1.
an oak, Quercus nigra, of the southern U.S., growing chiefly along streams and swamps.
2.
any of several other American oaks of similar habit.
Origin of water oak
1680-1690
An Americanism dating back to 1680-90
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  • This called for more than one period of meditation under the water oak tree.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • Only in rare instances is water oak called by its own name in the factory and lumber yard.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • A considerable amount of water oak is cut in the South into thick planks for bridge floors.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • I have a lot containing two acres of land, and it is grown up in live and water oak bushes which are very dense in foliage.

  • It is also called black oak, peach oak, jack oak and water oak.

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam
  • Governors and legislators peopled its walks; pillared mansions grew at the heads of long avenues of water oak.

    Mountain Clement Wood
  • Balmy air, green of cedar and water oak and bird music disarrange our mental almanac.

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