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

Examples of bur oak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Calvin Finch: The flower annuals to plant now in San Antonio to get you through winter," 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, "Calvin Finch: What’s blooming in San Antonio gardens in October," 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, "Niles residents receive award for preserving backyard bur oak tree, estimated at more than 200 years old," 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, "How to Hunt Whitetail Deer on a Staging Area," 21 Sep. 2020 When lace bugs eat bur oak leaves, their chemical composition changes. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Bugs, hares, and other unexpected animals that control wild fires," 9 Mar. 2020 Tizza said that’s because the bur oaks are like the south’s live oak, the state tree of Georgia. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's biggest bur oak is more than 300 years old, and you can only see it during a special event in October," 12 Sep. 2019 The bur oak on Tizza and Glenn Meyer’s farm in Waukesha County has been standing since before the Revolutionary War. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's biggest bur oak is more than 300 years old, and you can only see it during a special event in October," 12 Sep. 2019 The best tall-growing trees would be Shumard red oak, bur oak, Chinese pistachio and cedar elm. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Once vincas succumb to fungus, that bed is dead to them," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of bur oak

1815, in the meaning defined above

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4 Nov 2020

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“Bur oak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bur%20oak. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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