- 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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Examples from the Web for turkey oak
Turkey-Oak is so call'd from a small Acorn it bears, which the wild Turkeys feed on.A New Voyage to Carolina
- an oak tree, Quercus cerris, of W and S Europe, with deeply lobed hairy leaves
C18: so called because its acorns are often eaten by turkeys