- any of several oaks, as Quercus ilicifolia and Q. prinoides, characterized by a scrubby manner of growth, usually found in dry, rocky soil.
Origin of scrub oak
An Americanism dating back to 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for scrub oak
And I am but a scrub-oak in this forest of giants, my Brothers.The Book of Khalid
It was in a mass of poison ivy that had climbed up on a scrub-oak.A-Birding on a Bronco
Florence A. Merriam
Is a peach-tree just like a horse-chestnut, or a scrub-oak, or a honey-locust?Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith
Jeff saw that his horse had been tied up in the shade of a scrub-oak.
Thence, through a tangled wilderness of scrub-oak and manzanita, down a steep slope, into a pretty caon.