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white oak

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.
Origin of white oak
1625-1635
1625-35; Americanism

White Oak

noun
1.
a town in central Maryland, near Washington, D.C.
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  • As straight as a pine, as sweet as a balsam, as sound as a white oak.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • The 65th, cut to pieces at white oak Swamp, had renewed itself.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • It will last as long as steel and white oak staves will last.'

  • As an example one might cite the case of Southern white oak.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • The medullary rays are as large as those of white oak, but are few.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The general contour of the tree has been compared to white oak.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • There will always be some white oak in the country; but the best has been or is being cut.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The medullary rays are broad, but not numerous in comparison with white oak.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The wood is of about the same weight as white oak, and is hard, strong, and tough.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
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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