live oak

\ ˈlīv- \

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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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 For additional recreation and conversation, the Wilson Lawn and Racquet Club offers racquet sports under the shade of the pines and live oaks. Smithsonian, "Discover Palmetto Bluff’s great outdoors," 1 Apr. 2018 The grounds also include live oaks, giant sequoias, Monterey pines and eucalyptus, as well as a large flower and vegetable garden. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Estate That Wants to Be Silicon Valley’s Priciest Home," 18 Oct. 2018 This is a common phenomenon of about 15 percent of our live oaks. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "No garden invader is more difficult to eliminate than bamboo," 15 June 2018 In addition, these yellow-brown, half-inch long termites have attacked a wide range of other trees that constitute the region’s urban canopy, particularly live oaks. David Fleshler,, "Asian termites killing South Florida pine trees, weakening other trees for hurricanes," 14 Apr. 2018 Also, there are hiking trails, picnic areas and a playground in the midst of grand live oak trees. Michael Candelaria,, "DeLand Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 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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Kids Definition of live oak

: any of several American oaks that have evergreen leaves

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