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.
Which Came First: Turkey The Bird, Or Turkey The Nation?The republic of Turkey (look north of Egypt, east of Greece) isn't exactly a breeding ground for the bird that Americans associate with Thanksgiving. In fact, the turkey is native to North America ... so, why do they share the same name?
Origin of turkey oak
An Americanism dating back to 1700–10
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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
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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