Definition of oak
1a : any of a genus (Quercus) of trees or shrubs of the beech family that produce acorns; also : any of various plants related to or resembling the oaksb : the tough hard durable wood of an oak tree
2 : the leaves of an oak used as decoration
oakenplay \ˈō-kən\ adjective
Examples of oak in a Sentence
Tall oaks line the street.
The table is solid oak.
The cabinets are made of oak.
Recent Examples of oak from the Web
Recovery efforts focus on managing the scrub oak and pitch pine habitat through controlled burning, forest thinning and planting lupine flowers, as well as captive breeding and release of the insects.
Oysters are grilled in their shells over oak and finished with a brown butter.
The Grimms will bring most of their brewing in-house, aging sour ales in large oak foudres and fermenting beers with microbes captured in their backyard.
The lecture proposed to explain why oak forests were replaced by pine forests when cut down and vice versa— a phenomenon Emerson, Horace Greeley, and many other reasonably informed observers considered an impenetrable mystery.
The group is made up of conservation-minded volunteers who work to preserve oak woodlands and other natural areas in the Lake Zurich area.
Also of concern is the future of two live oak trees, which neighbors said would be sawn down to accommodate the drive-thru.
Because all of the original oak logs had rotted over the last three centuries, Plum sought out the help of Roland Cadle of Village Restorations & Consulting Inc., who spent the next year meticulously restoring the home.
Infused in a vaginal wash, oak gall can supposedly tighten your vagina, particularly post-childbirth, and reduce odors.
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Origin and Etymology of oak
Middle English ook, from Old English āc; akin to Old High German eih oak and perhaps to Greek aigilōps, a kind of oak
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
OAK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oak for English Language Learners
: a type of tree that grows in northern parts of the world and that produces acorns
: the wood of an oak tree
OAK Defined for Kids
Definition of oak for Students
: a tree or shrub that produces acorns and has tough wood much used for furniture and flooring
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