cork oak

noun

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

Examples of cork oak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After a too-brief stay at Vermelho, my luggage-friendly Rover SV is spearing past the vineyards of the scrappy Alentejo wine region, and blurring the bark-regenerating cork oaks that provide stoppers for the world’s wine industry. Lawrence Ulrich, Robb Report, 20 Feb. 2024 The cycle of cork oak forests can be divided into four stages, according to an analysis of cork extraction in Catalonia. Gabriella Sotelo, Treehugger, 24 Aug. 2023 Cork fabric is a natural material or leather substitute that is made from the cork oak tree. Gabriella Sotelo, Treehugger, 24 Aug. 2023 The eco-friendly material, made from the bark of cork oak trees, offers exceptional comfort and softness underfoot that has become a popular floor choice in recent years. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 28 June 2023 Sarg recommends encountering cork oak in Chavez Ravine and Larchmont Village. Mark Gozonsky, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2023 Semi-wild black pigs grow fat on a diet of acorns dropped by the forests of cork oaks across the southern Alentejo region. Paul Ames, CNN, 5 Mar. 2023 Youth groups such as this Mendocino County 4-H Club were a key audience for the cork oak planting campaigns. David A. Taylor, Discover Magazine, 18 Apr. 2020 Cooke consulted with arborists to chart the climate zones across the U.S. where cork oak could grow and thrive. David A. Taylor, Discover Magazine, 18 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cork oak was in 1873

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

Kids Definition

cork oak

noun
: an oak of southern Europe and northern Africa that is the source of the cork used especially for stoppers and insulation

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