Gambel oak

Gam·​bel oak | \ ˈgambəl- \

Definition of Gambel 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

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First Known Use of Gambel oak

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Gambel oak

after William Gambel †1849 American ornithologist

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“Gambel oak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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