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water oak

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noun
  1. an oak, Quercus nigra, of the southern U.S., growing chiefly along streams and swamps.
  2. any of several other American oaks of similar habit.
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Origin of water oak

An Americanism dating back to 1680–90
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  • But when he looked out he could see little more than the foliage of the water-oak.

    Captain Ted

    Louis Pendleton

  • Instantly the branches of the water-oak began to tremble, and July descended with all speed.

    Captain Ted

    Louis Pendleton

  • The elevated lands are mostly pine, interspersed with black-jack, post, and water-oak.

    Florida: Past and present

    Samuel Curtis Upham