bur oak


Definition of bur oak

: a usually large oak (Quercus macrocarpa) of eastern North America having oval acorns enclosed in a fringed cap and tough close-grained wood

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Recent Examples on the Web Among the best shade trees for San Antonio are live oak, Texas red oak, cedar elm, Mexican sycamore, bur oak, Mexican white oak and chinkapin oak. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Apr. 2021 In the park’s center, ringed by a bench, is a bur oak that is small now, but will grow quickly to provide substantial shade. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 25 Mar. 2021 Consider Texas red oak, cedar elm, Mexican sycamore, Mexican white oak, bur oak, live oak and chinkapin oak. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 1 Jan. 2021 The adapted list includes Texas red oak, live oak, cedar elm, Mexican white oak, bur oak, Mexican sycamore and chinquapin oak. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 22 Oct. 2020 Consider Texas red oak, live oak, bur oak, Mexican sycamore, cedar elm, Mexican white oak, chinkapin oak and anaqua. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 1 Oct. 2020 Growing up on Ebinger Drive in Niles, Tony Dati remembers playing in the shade of his neighbor’s towering bur oak tree, its enormous trunk wider than any other tree in the neighborhood. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 28 Sep. 2020 Five months later, when the big buck pulled his disappearing act, my mind raced to that bur oak. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 21 Sep. 2020 When lace bugs eat bur oak leaves, their chemical composition changes. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bur oak

1815, in the meaning defined above

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“Bur oak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bur%20oak. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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