bear oak

noun

Definition of bear oak

: a shrubby evergreen oak (Quercus ilicifolia) of the southeastern U.S. usually forming dense thickets

History and Etymology for bear oak

so called from its acorns' serving as food for bears and other wildlife

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“Bear oak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bear%20oak. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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