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 The tiny cottages — painted colorful hues and surrounded by lush palmettos, banana plants, hibiscus and sprawling live oak trees — are largely clustered in the blocks west of the boardwalk and main downtown area. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 The Southern live oak at compact Big Tree Park, 930 N. Thornton Ave. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, 11 July 2021 At 7-foot-4, with a reach as wide as a Texas live oak and hands like baseball mitts, Dallas’ center owns much of the airspace near the rim. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 This big old live oak in our backyard seems to be thinning. Neil Sperry,, 27 Aug. 2020 During the show’s run, Murrow will also plant a live oak tree in the middle of the gallery and a few others around the museum property., 22 June 2021 Control live oak suckers that emerge from the base of the tree by mowing or pruning them. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 18 June 2021 Following the right-of-way of the old CSX Railroad, the route is peppered with colorful art installations as well as live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. Jeanine Barone, WSJ, 10 June 2021 Ocean Course finally had a hardy live oak once again. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 19 May 2021

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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 27 Sep. 2021.

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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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