Gambel oak

noun Gam·bel oak \ˈgambəl-\

Definition of Gambel oak

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of gambel oak

after William Gambel †1849 American ornithologist


First Known Use: 1878


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