al·​cor·​no·​que | \ ˌal-(ˌ)kȯr-ˈnō-kē \
plural -s

Definition of alcornoque

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

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First Known Use of alcornoque

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alcornoque

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)

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“Alcornoque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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