kermes oak

noun
variants: or less commonly kermes

Definition of kermes oak

: a dwarf, often shrubby evergreen oak (Quercus coccifera) of the Mediterranean region that is the host of the kermes insect and has a bark rich in tannin

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Learn More about kermes oak

Statistics for kermes oak

Cite this Entry

“Kermes oak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kermes%20oak. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on kermes oak

Nglish: Translation of kermes oak for Spanish Speakers

Comments on kermes oak

What made you want to look up kermes oak? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!