cork oak


Definition of cork oak

: an oak (Quercus suber) of southern Europe and northern Africa that is the source of the cork of commerce

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Recent Examples on the Web Specifically, the products contain an extract of the cork oak called suberin, which the company touts as helping moisturize, stimulate cell renewal and reduce redness. Los Angeles Times, "Birkenstock picks Venice as the home of its second U.S. store," 31 July 2019 Between these tiny towns, expanses of golden wheat and grassland, punctuated by lone, broad-canopied holm and cork oaks, bring to mind the African savannah. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "Vacation in Portugal the Less-Obvious Way," 10 Aug. 2018 The majority of the company’s cork comes from cork oak trees in Portugal that are given the proper seven to nine years to regrow their bark after a harvesting. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, "We Will Always Love Our Birkenstocks," 14 June 2018 Earlier this month, Mila and four other truffle-hunting dogs searched for the luxury fungi in O’Toole’s truffle orchards – fields of cork oaks and hazelnut trees whose roots were dipped in truffle spores before being planted. Ellen Garrison, sacbee, "This trained dog digs up buried treasure worth as much as $900 a pound," 24 Dec. 2017 The Alentejo is a famously pretty part of Portugal, with groves of olive trees, stone pines and cork oaks — native varieties resilient enough to survive its weather extremes. Barry Hatton,, "Portugal faces dire drought, the worst in more than 20 years," 11 Sep. 2017

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Cork oak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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