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  1. the live oak, Quercus virginiana.
  2. California live oak.
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Origin of encina

1905–10, Americanism; < American Spanish, Spanish: holm oak, by syncope, shortening, and assimilation < Late Latin īlicīna holm oak, orig. feminine of īlicīnus pertaining to holm oak, equivalent to Latin īlic- (stem of īlex) ilex1 + -īnus -ine1
Related formsen·ci·nal, adjective


[en-thee-nah, -see]
  1. Juan del [hwahn del] /ʰwɑn dɛl/, 1468?-1529?, Spanish poet, composer, and playwright.
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Examples from the Web for encina

Historical Examples

  • The Encina politicians did not know Roble girls for nothing.

    Stanford Stories

    Charles K. Field

  • He may also have been influenced by Encina, most of whose work had already appeared.

  • It is written in the manner of Encina, with less spontaneity, but with a sombre force to which Encina scarcely attained.

  • It has never been explained why Encina does not sag at that end, like an excursion steamer on the side toward a boat race.

    Stanford Stories

    Charles K. Field