white oak



an oak, Quercus alba, of eastern North America, having a light-gray to white bark and yielding a hard, durable wood: the state tree of Connecticut and Maryland.
any of several other species of oak, as Q. garryana or Q. lobata, of western North America.
the wood of any of these trees.

Origin of white oak

1625–35; Americanism

White Oak


a town in central Maryland, near Washington, D.C.
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Historical Examples of white oak

  • Sharp, shrewd, able and all that, but rough and hard as the broadside of a white-oak plank.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • The white-oak acorns are much larger than any I ever saw in England.

  • "What a wonderful country the White-Oak Flats must be," she said.

  • Dead earnest, Miss King; and for medicine we had sumac and white-oak bark.

    Elsie's Womanhood

    Martha Finley

  • The green-crested pewee builds its nest in many instances wholly of the blossoms of the white-oak.


    John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for white oak

white oak


a large oak tree, Quercus alba, of E North America, having pale bark, leaves with rounded lobes, and heavy light-coloured wood
any of several other oaks, such as the roble
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