red oak


Definition of red oak

1 : any of various North American oaks (such as Quercus rubra and Quercus falcata) that have acorns with the inner surface of the shell lined with woolly hairs, the acorn cap covered with thin scales, and leaf veins that usually run beyond the margin of the leaf to form bristles
2 : the wood of a red oak

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To crown it all: an erupting splay of salad greens, the most flamboyant staging of frisée and red oak lettuce in town. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Bon Temps in Downtown L.A., the brilliant desserts are only the beginning," 29 Aug. 2019 Crepe myrtles and red oaks seem to be especially vulnerable. Calvin Finch,, "How to deal with the garden damage from the dang deer," 9 Aug. 2019 The signature dish is beef tri-tip roast cooked directly and then indirectly on grates over open fires of California red oak. Larry Olmstead, USA TODAY, "Great American Bites BBQ road trip: The country's best regional barbecue joints," 9 July 2019 Plant life ranges from red oaks and sycamores to small wildflowers. Rich Heileman,, "Berea’s Old Stone House still in limbo: Around The Town," 14 June 2019 Many of the trees — which included red oaks, cedar elms, cottonwoods and pecan trees — were thicker and more mature than their prospective replacements. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Dallas officials estimate the city's parks lost more than 600 trees in storm," 19 June 2019 The crop of acorns from the live oaks that grew on the narrow cheniers veining the coastal marsh, and the water oaks and southern red oaks upland farther inland, were gone. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Late winter gives Texas hunters best shot at feral hogs," 24 Jan. 2018 Also known as the red oak, the nuttall oak grows as high as 60 feet. Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood group plans tree giveaway," 14 Jan. 2018 Floors will be red oak, and Gehry plans to use frosted glass, felt, steel, leather, bronze, and onyx. Michael Klein,, "Architect Frank Gehry to design Art Museum restaurant," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of red oak

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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