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 The home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has mahogany-beam ceilings, stucco walls, red oak floors and Spanish tile. oregonlive, "On the market: Portland homes for sale listed on the National Register of Historic Places," 14 Nov. 2020 The red oak leaves were staying put, by and by, of course. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, "Seeing the Minnesota outdoors anew with an 'awe walk'," 16 Oct. 2020 Available trees include red maple, red oak, chinquapin oak, redbud and desert willow, according to the Foundation. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Here’s how Richardson residents can get free trees to replace those destroyed by last year’s tornado," 26 Oct. 2020 Texas red oak is like a live oak in its size, attractive shape and drought tolerance. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: How to select and best grow shade trees in your San Antonio garden," 8 Oct. 2020 Food preferences are the same for both species — hickory nuts, white oak acorns, red oak acorns, walnuts, pecans, some soft mast. Johnny Carrol Sain, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Squirrels," 6 Oct. 2020 The adapted list includes Texas red oak, live oak, cedar elm, Mexican white oak, bur oak, Mexican sycamore and chinquapin oak. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: The flower annuals to plant now in San Antonio to get you through winter," 22 Oct. 2020 The DeWalt is different, consistently firing one nail after the other into red oak without a problem. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Cordless Nail Guns," 19 Oct. 2020 The interior was finished with seven native wood species, including red oak, butternut and white ash. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "This Geodesic dome home in the woods of Brainerd is packed with green technology," 28 Aug. 2020

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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 4 Dec. 2020.

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