live oak

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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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Recent Examples on the Web What looks like a set piece from Pan's Labyrinth is actually a massive and ancient Southern live oak tree—some six stories tall, between 300 and 400 years old, and a 25-minute drive from downtown Charleston, on Johns Island. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "42 Places That Are Straight Out of Fairy Tales," 27 Aug. 2020 Listing agent Becky Oliver said one of her favorite aspects of the home is its curb appeal, noting the symmetry and live oak trees at the front of the property. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Take a look at this historic 1920s Swiss Avenue home built by a designer of the Adolphus Hotel," 27 Aug. 2020 Planted in their place were roughly 40 new native plant species, among them California sage brush, mulefat, California walnut, monkey flower, cottonwood, black willow and coast live oak, Majcher said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Town and Country resort returns to its mid-century roots — and gets a waterslide," 21 Aug. 2020 Hillside Park is home to many more varieties of flora, including Cuyamaca cypress, California buckwheat, Christmas tree berry and Coast live oak. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Expanded park space use eyed in El Cajon," 9 Aug. 2020 The former Simi Valley movie ranch features four trails shaded by coast live oak and sycamore trees. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, "The 15 best places in L.A. to find shade on hot summer days," 24 June 2020 But the beautiful lane, which includes some 50 evenly spaced live oak trees planted across from each other to form a canopy, wasn’t always part of the college. Michelle Matthews |, al, "Why this is one of the most beautiful streets in Alabama," 23 June 2020 My live oak trees lost at least half of their leaves in a recent hailstorm. Neil Sperry,, "Neil Sperry: Did nematodes kill these tomato plants?," 18 June 2020 Forget stumps; this baby can probably pull a live oak out of the ground. cleveland, "Really big rides: Piloting the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD," 30 May 2020

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First Known Use of live oak

1610, in the meaning defined above

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“Live oak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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Kids Definition of live oak

: any of several American oaks that have evergreen leaves

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