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 The cork oak is one of the richest ecosystems in the world. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Natural cork is a sustainable, biodegradable material that comes from cork oak trees, which grow throughout the Mediterranean region. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Oct. 2021 The focus was on how cork oak (Quercus suber) handles two stressors: the first being extreme drought; and the other, the invasive plant species gum rockrose (Cistus ladanifer). Star Tribune, 6 June 2021 One surprising result was also that cork oak, despite the double burden, was able to recover better than had been expected after extreme drought. Star Tribune, 6 June 2021 But laminate and engineered wood floors can’t be refinished over and over again like solid wood, and cork — made from the bark of a cork oak tree — is usually imported from Europe, adding to its carbon footprint., 13 June 2021 During wet years, the interacting stressors didn't cause any significant changes in the cork oak, while in dry conditions, the factors either amplified or buffered each other. Star Tribune, 6 June 2021 Much as a shorn sheep regrows wool, cork regenerates — though a lot slower (a 25-year-old cork oak tree can be responsibly stripped of its cork once every nine to 12 years). Euny Hong, Allure, 27 Feb. 2021 Its 148 acres include 98 acres of cork oak forest and olive trees. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of cork oak

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Cork oak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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