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

Examples of bur oak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This year, six tree types are available: bur oak, American elm, sycamore, Shumard oak, Mexican plum and lacebark elm. Noor Adatia, Dallas News, 6 Sep. 2023 As for white oaks, there are more than a dozen, including the bur oak, chestnut oak, swamp white, and post oak, but the one most people think of carries the same name as the group in general: white oak. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 20 July 2023 For years, a towering bur oak presided over its center. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2023 While bur oaks, which are native to Illinois, can live for as long as four centuries, the lifespan of the zoo’s tree was shortened by the development around it. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2023 The Somme Woods Earth Month Work Day on April 18 had volunteers rolling up their sleeves or foregoing sweatshirts while restoring bur oak woodlands at Northbrook Somme Prairie Grove on a sunny Tuesday. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 21 Apr. 2023 Across from the white-cheeked gibbon enclosure sits a great, sprawling bur oak tree, about 45 feet tall. Maddie Ellis, Chicago Tribune, 30 Nov. 2022 Recommended species include Texas red oak, Mexican white oak, cedar elm, Mexican sycamore and bur oak. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 15 Jan. 2021 Viridiana Arango and Ximena Segura, visiting from Texas, sat on a bench Monday underneath the bur oak to rest. Maddie Ellis, Chicago Tribune, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bur oak was in 1815

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“Bur oak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bur%20oak. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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