- an evergreen oak, Quercus virginiana, of the southern U.S., having a short, broad trunk and shiny, oblong leaves: the state tree of Georgia.
- any of various related trees.
- the hard, durable wood of any of these trees.
Origin of live oak
An Americanism dating back to 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for live oak
It runs back to the live-oak islands where my friend Manning has his plantation.The Lady and the Pirate
Back of the village was the forest of pine, magnolia, and live-oak.Down South
With the one exception of the live-oak by Hooven's place, there was nothing green in sight.The Octopus
The live-oak overlooks it, with only a bordering of bushes between.
He now remembers the other man found along with Darke under the live-oak.
- a hard-wooded evergreen oak, Quercus virginianus, of S North America: used for shipbuilding