live oak

\ ˈlīv- How to pronounce live oak (audio) \

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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The island, a 10-by-6-mile haven just south of Charleston, is quieter than its neighbors, Johns and Kiawah islands; covered in marshes, woods, and live oaks; and has long been a locals-only sort of place, with little development. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "Embracing indoor-outdoor living in the South Carolina marshlands," 29 July 2019 By midday Friday in New Orleans, gusty winds grew more intense, blowing debris along the ground and causing the city’s famous live oaks to pulse and throb along its streets and boulevards. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, "Barry to Test New Orleans’ Levees, Pumps and Gates," 12 July 2019 Santa Barbara County’s famed wine region — with its giant live oaks and destination tasting rooms — and the quiet beach town of Carpinteria have become the unlikely capital of California’s legal pot market. Joe Mozingo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The world’s largest pot farms, and how Santa Barbara opened the door," 12 June 2019 Restoration of the land could include reintroduction of native plants including southern willow scrub, Engelmann, coast live oak woodland, Diegan coastal sage scrub and mixed chaparral. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Banking on native seeds," 3 July 2019 There's also a beautiful five-acre sculpture garden, with artwork beneath magnolias and Spanish moss-laden live oaks. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things To Do In New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018 It’s more about the live oaks, the Spanish moss, the solitude. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Secluded Island Hideaways for America’s Rich and Famous," 23 Aug. 2018 Charleston, with its winding cobblestone walks, sweeping river views and live oaks draped with Spanish moss, is a case study in economic disparity. Washington Post, "Analysis: HUD plan would raise rents for poor by 20 percent," 7 June 2018 The large live oak on the property was designated a Legacy Tree in 2012 by Keep Katy Beautiful in cooperation with the Texas Forest Service. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Boutique receives Proud Business Award," 24 May 2018

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1610, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of live oak

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

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\ ˈlīv- How to pronounce live oak (audio) \

Kids Definition of live oak

: any of several American oaks that have evergreen leaves

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