turkey oak

  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.

Origin of turkey oak

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10
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Turkey oak

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

Word Origin for Turkey oak

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