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live oak

  1. an evergreen oak, Quercus virginiana, of the southern U.S., having a short, broad trunk and shiny, oblong leaves: the state tree of Georgia.
  2. any of various related trees.
  3. the hard, durable wood of any of these trees.
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Origin of live oak

An Americanism dating back to 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for live oak

Historical Examples

  • It runs back to the live-oak islands where my friend Manning has his plantation.

    The Lady and the Pirate

    Emerson Hough

  • Back of the village was the forest of pine, magnolia, and live-oak.

    Down South

    Oliver Optic

  • With the one exception of the live-oak by Hooven's place, there was nothing green in sight.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

  • The live-oak overlooks it, with only a bordering of bushes between.

    The Death Shot

    Mayne Reid

  • He now remembers the other man found along with Darke under the live-oak.

    The Death Shot

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for live oak

live oak

  1. a hard-wooded evergreen oak, Quercus virginianus, of S North America: used for shipbuilding
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