English oak

noun

1
a
: a medium-sized to large tree (Quercus robur) having glabrous leaves with very short petioles and rounded lobes
b
: the strong durable hard straight-grained wood of this tree that is used in structural work and cabinetwork and tends to darken with prolonged exposure from pale yellowish brown almost to black
2
: a moderate brown that is paler and slightly yellower than bay, lighter than auburn, and redder, lighter, and slightly stronger than chestnut brown

Word History

Etymology

Middle English english oke, from English entry 1 + oke, ook oak

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“English oak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/English%20oak. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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