chestnut oak


Definition of chestnut oak

: any of several oaks having oblong to lanceolate leaves with crenate or serrate edges: such as
b : 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 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,, 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,, 9 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of chestnut oak

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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