Definition of coak

 (Entry 1 of 3)

obsolete variant of


\ ˈkōk \
plural -s

Definition of coak (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a projecting tenon connecting the face of a scarfed timber with the similarly scarfed face of another timber — compare scarf joint
b : a dowel of hard wood or metal let into timbers to unite them or keep them from slipping — compare cog
2 : a metallic bushing or strengthening piece in the center of a wooden block sheave
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Definition of coak (Entry 3 of 3)

: to unite by a coak

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History and Etymology for coak


probably from (assumed) Old North French coque notch, from Latin coccum excrescence on a tree, berry of the scarlet oak (whence Old French coche notch), from Greek kokkos berry of the scarlet oak, core of fruit

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“Coak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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