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willow oak

noun
1.
an oak, Quercus phellos, of the southwestern U.S., having entire, narrow leaves, yielding a hard, heavy wood used in the construction of buildings.
Origin of willow oak
1700-1710
An Americanism dating back to 1700-10
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  • The weight of willow oak is approximately the same as white oak.

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  • It is not abundant in the sense that willow oak and Texan red oak are.

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  • Resemblance of leaves to other species, in willow oak and parsley haw.

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  • The willow oak has long, narrow, pointed leaves that suggest a willow, and not at all an oak.

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  • It belongs to the willow oak branch of the red oak group, and bears two-year acorns.

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  • willow oak is much used in the South, but usually under the name red oak.

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  • The willow oak is much planted for ornamental purposes in the southern states.

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  • It does well, within its range, wherever willow oak flourishes, but willow oak has a wider range.

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  • Botanists believe it is a hybrid, one parent being the willow oak (Quercus phellos) and the other yellow oak (Quercus velutina).

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  • The leaves seem to be a compromise between the deeply cut foliage of yellow oak and the entire leaf of willow oak.

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