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cork tree

  1. the cork oak, Quercus suber, of the beech family.
  2. any of several Asian citrus trees of the genus Phellodendron, having a corky bark.
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Origin of cork tree

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cork tree

Historical Examples

  • The cork-tree will endure the barking process for seven or eight successive years.

    The Reason Why


  • "I will," the other answered him; and he took his way to the cork-tree by the bridge.

  • It was lying with his cartouche-box right away by the stunted oak, as he mentally called the cork-tree.


    George Manville Fenn

  • The inner bark of the cork-tree is a valuable tanning material.

  • Here we have also the india-rubber tree, the cork-tree, and several new plants.