chestnut oak

noun

: any of several oaks having oblong to lanceolate leaves with crenate or serrate edges: such as
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: a medium-sized oak (Quercus prinus) of eastern North America with large acorns and leaves that are yellow-green above and paler below

Examples of chestnut oak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Broadly speaking, red oaks seem to be pumping out the acorns more than white oaks and chestnut oaks this year. John Kelly, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 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 Among the speedy oaks are the common red and willow oaks, but others include the overcup oak, the shingle oak, the swamp chestnut oak and the Nuttall oak. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2021 Willoughby is also concerned about the fate of the eastern white pine, and the chestnut oak, which is already showing signs of distress. Clive Thompson, The Atlantic, 9 Oct. 2020 Original plantings of white pine and hemlocks have faded, and the dominant trees are white and chestnut oaks, tulip poplar and American beeches. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2019 The land is mostly wet woods, with many mature trees, including shagbark hickory, American beech, American elm, black gum, red maple, pin oak and chestnut oak. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, 15 Mar. 2018 Indians used to collect acorns from white and chestnut oaks along with American chestnuts, black walnut, and wild pecan as a food source for the long winter months. Leslie Anne Tarabella, AL.com, 9 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chestnut oak was in 1703

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“Chestnut oak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chestnut%20oak. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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