red oak

noun

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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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, Philly.com, "Architect Frank Gehry to design Art Museum restaurant," 10 July 2018 While such infestations are usually handled by professional arborists, experts caution owners of red oak or American elm trees not to trim or prune their trees at this time of year. Vikki Ortiz, chicagotribune.com, "Thanks to rainy spring, 4 tree diseases expected across Chicagoland this summer," 23 May 2018 The commission also manages the Wadsworth/Kerste deBoer Arboretum on Long Lane, where a new red oak has been planted to replace a 100-year-old oak that was damaged in winter storms. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Middletown Dedicates Trees To Influential Leaders On Arbor Day," 27 Apr. 2018 Both names are italicized as a foreign term based on Latin and Greek words and forms—for example, Quercus rubra, the red oak, or Mertensia virginiana, Virginia bluebells. Smithsonian, "A Botanical Wonderland Resides in the World of Rare and Unusual Books," 16 May 2018 Trees Available are: blue spruce, white pine, red oak, sugar maple, wild black cherry, and sycamore. 'sam' Boyer/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "There's a buzz about the new residents at the farm: Whit & whimsey," 27 Apr. 2018 The red oak flooring found throughout the main level complements the wood paneling that is used on the walls and coffered ceiling. James Alexander, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 20 Barnes Hill Road, Burlington," 11 Jan. 2018 CBS News' Tony Dokoupil reports from Raytown, Missouri, where winds were powerful enough to take down a 200-year-old red oak tree and snap another tree into shards, sending the pieces barreling into Sean Hagg's home. CBS News, "9 tornadoes hit Midwest; severe weather threatens 40 million across U.S.," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of red oak

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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