Gambel oak


Gam·​bel oak
: a shrub or small tree (Quercus gambelii) of the Rocky mountains with thin scaly gray-brown bark, thick firm leaves with 7 to 11 lobes, and acorns enclosed to half their length by the scaly pubescent cup

Word History


after William Gambel †1849 American ornithologist

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Gambel oak was in 1878

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“Gambel oak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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