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turkey oak

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noun
  1. any of several oaks, as Quercus cerris, of Eurasia, or Q. laevis and Q. incana, of the southern U.S., that grow on dry, sandy barrens.
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Origin of turkey oak

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10
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Historical Examples

  • Turkey-Oak is so call'd from a small Acorn it bears, which the wild Turkeys feed on.

    A New Voyage to Carolina

    John Lawson


British Dictionary definitions for turkey oak

Turkey oak

noun
  1. an oak tree, Quercus cerris, of W and S Europe, with deeply lobed hairy leaves
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Word Origin

C18: so called because its acorns are often eaten by turkeys
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