pin oak


: a pyramidally crowned deciduous oak (Quercus palustris) especially of wet regions of the eastern U.S. that has deeply cleft toothed leaves and rather small nearly hemispherical acorns

Examples of pin oak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The boards are assembled by Jean-Brieuc Chevalier, a cabinetmaker from Angers, who inlays pin oak with reflective sterling-silver squares. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 17 Mar. 2024 Numerous majestic pin oak, green ash, black elder and red maple trees provide food and shelter. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 19 Jan. 2024 How to Identify Red Oaks vs White Oaks There are many red oak varieties, including the common pin oak, live oak, black oak, and willow oak, but the most important ones in the U.S. are the Northern red oak and the Southern red oak. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 20 July 2023 Red oak leaves are almost always pointy and sharp-looking; the classic example is the pin oak, which sports leaves that taper to sharp points that appear needle-like. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 20 July 2023 New York was waking up from another pandemic winter, the pin oaks on Twenty-fourth Street were filling out and a steady stream of pedestrians walked among the tall grass on the High Line above. Justin Beal, Harper's Magazine, 14 Dec. 2022 Those in the red oak group (e.g. northern red oak, Nuttall oak, pin oak, willow oak, Shumard oak, black oak and scarlet oak) need winter chilling before sprouting, and can be kept in a fridge until the spring, safe from animals, or potted up in the fall and kept outside. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2021 Each acorn was painted with colored bands to indicate its species: red oak, bur oak, black oak, white oak, swamp white oak, scarlet oak, pin oak, willow oak. Brandon Keim Tristan Spinski, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2022 The spring revealed a dead 100-year-old pin oak on the property, another $5,000 bill, although the city shared in the cost of removal. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pin oak was in 1813

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“Pin oak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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