Origin of oak
Examples from the Web for oak
“The influence of the oak maturation casks on the final character of The Macallan is vital,” says MacPherson.
Spanish oak, which has an open grain and high levels of tannin, gives you dried fruit, spice, and even chocolate flavors.
All of the whisky used in both types of scotch must be matured in Scotland and aged for a minimum of three years in oak casks.
The time the wine spends on oak in the barrel is important to the balance of the wine.
Oak, great balance and a good finish with stone fruits and just enough oak to round the wine to a silky smooth feel on the palate.
This was the origin of the Abbey of Eeckhout (oak wood) famous in the annals of Bruges.The Story of Bruges|Ernest Gilliat-Smith
The walls are wainscoted with the brave old English oak, far advanced in its seeming transformation into ebony.
Kettie had caught up the fashion of the place, and wore a little spray of oak peeping out from between the folds of her red cloak.Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
The strong man was shaken by these sad memories, as the tempest tosses the oak tree.Odette's Marriage|Albert Delpit
There, now he has turned the corner; hide in the oak while he is out of sight.White Lies|Charles Reade
- the wood of any of these trees, used esp as building timber and for making furniture
- (as modifier)an oak table
- anything made of oak, esp a heavy outer door to a set of rooms in an Oxford or Cambridge college
- sport one's oakto shut this door as a sign one does not want visitors
Word Origin for oak
Old English ac "oak tree," from Proto-Germanic *aiks (cf. Old Norse eik, Old Saxon and Old Frisian ek, Middle Dutch eike, Dutch eik, Old High German eih, German Eiche), of uncertain origin with no certain cognates outside Germanic.
The usual Indo-European base for "oak" (*derwo-/*dreu-) has become Modern English tree. Used in Biblical translations to render Hebrew elah (probably usually "terebinth tree") and four other words. The Old Norse form was eik, but as there were no oaks in Iceland the word came to be used there for "tree" in general.