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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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 Volunteers in Santee planted live oaks, camphor and Arizona ash trees. Karen Pearlman,, "Tree planting in Santee takes root," 23 Apr. 2018 There are sprawling Southern plantation ruins and ancient live oaks, stately manor-style buildings, sunlit garden patios, bagpipers and, of course, your very own personal butlers. Hallie Levine Sklar, Town & Country, "The Complete Guide to Sea Island, Georgia," 28 July 2017 As a native of San Luis Obispo County, my notion of great trees consisted of gnarled coast live oaks crowning golden-grassed hills. Robert Earle Howells,, "Should we hide the locations of Earth’s greatest trees?," 3 July 2018 Beyond the majestic gates is a 1.5-mile road lined with towering live oaks draped in Spanish moss on either side. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "This is the most beautiful place in Georgia, according to Conde Nast," 23 May 2018 Woody oak galls on live oaks are among the most common. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Oak trees bring majesty to the landscape, but they do have their difficulties | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Apr. 2018 Housing options are many — and often verdant and shady amid the city’s many live oaks. A.d. Thompson,, "Longwood 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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