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noun
  1. an oak, Quercus alba, of eastern North America, having a light-gray to white bark and yielding a hard, durable wood: the state tree of Connecticut and Maryland.
  2. any of several other species of oak, as Q. garryana or Q. lobata, of western North America.
  3. the wood of any of these trees.
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Origin of white oak

1625–35; Americanism

White Oak

noun
  1. a town in central Maryland, near Washington, D.C.
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Examples from the Web for white oak

Historical Examples

  • Sharp, shrewd, able and all that, but rough and hard as the broadside of a white-oak plank.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • The white-oak acorns are much larger than any I ever saw in England.

  • "What a wonderful country the White-Oak Flats must be," she said.

  • Dead earnest, Miss King; and for medicine we had sumac and white-oak bark.

    Elsie's Womanhood

    Martha Finley

  • The green-crested pewee builds its nest in many instances wholly of the blossoms of the white-oak.

    Wake-Robin

    John Burroughs


British Dictionary definitions for white oak

white oak

noun
  1. a large oak tree, Quercus alba, of E North America, having pale bark, leaves with rounded lobes, and heavy light-coloured wood
  2. any of several other oaks, such as the roble
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