plural -s
: any of several tropical American trees felt to resemble the cork oak

Word History


Portuguese (also, cork tree) & American Spanish alcornoque, both from Spanish, cork tree, probably from a 12th century Arabic dialect (Spain) word formed from Arabic al the + Medieval Latin quernus oak tree (from Latin, oaken, from quercus oak tree) + Medieval Latin -occus (diminutive & pejorative suffix)

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alcornoque was in 1811

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“Alcornoque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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