live oak

noun \ ˈlīv- \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of live oak

:any of several American evergreen oaks: such as
a :a medium-sized oak (Quercus virginiana) of southeastern North America often cultivated as a shelter and shade tree and noted for its extremely hard tough durable wood
b :any of several oaks of the western U.S. with evergreen foliage and hard durable wood

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First Known Use of live oak

1610


LIVE OAK Defined for English Language Learners

live oak

noun

Definition of live oak for English Language Learners

  • : a large type of oak tree that grows in the southern U.S.


LIVE OAK Defined for Kids

live oak

noun \ ˈlīv- \

Definition of live oak for Students

:any of several American oaks that have evergreen leaves

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