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

Examples of red oak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2016, when a red oak was planted on the Capitol grounds in Roybal’s memory, Roybal-Allard told The Times her late father was often on her mind at work. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2021 These two types of red oak have beautiful foliage and good but inconsistent fall color that can range from bright reds to brown. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2021 The 80-foot-tall red oak at the corner of 9th and Logan streets split, with a massive limb crashing to the ground at 7:30 p.m. last Thursday. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Oct. 2021 Long term, the average white oak acorn production is 37%, and red oak acorn production is 55%. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 13 Oct. 2021 In early 2020, the hall’s original floors were removed and new floors made of red oak were installed. Katie V. Jones,, 15 Oct. 2021 From 2020 to 2021, the proportion of white oaks bearing acorns increased by 13%, while red oak proportions decreased by 20%. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 13 Oct. 2021 That included painting the interiors, refinishing the original red oak floors and, their current project, redoing the bathroom used by their three school-age daughters. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Sep. 2021 The types of trees that are showing damage from the storm include lacebark elm, Texas ash, Chinese tallow, and red oak. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 6 July 2021

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First Known Use of red oak

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Red oak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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