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.

Origin of live oak

An Americanism dating back to 1600–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for live oak

Historical Examples of live oak

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

  • 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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