scrub oak

noun

: any of various chiefly American oaks (such as Quercus ilicifolia of the northeastern U.S.) of small size and usually shrubby habit

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Coastal Trail runs along the Gulf Coast’s beaches, dunes, tidal flats, oyster bars, and salt marshes, fringed by pineland, scrub oak, and hardwood forests. Outside Online, 8 Aug. 2021 The heavy-on-the-earth-tones views are disrupted by showy summer wildflowers including sacred datura and prickly poppies that add pops of white among a gray-green fringe of scrub oak and cliff-rose while attracting clouds of pollinators. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 15 Sep. 2022 Fragments of the building’s foundation sit as a reminder of the cruelty among the sagebrush and scrub oak. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 May 2022 Cactus, manzanita, yucca, agave and a smattering of mesquite trees thrive among scrub oak and junipers. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2022 The Browns founded the Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium to help inform other private land owners of ways to help the Florida scrub-jay: planting scrub oak trees or bird-friendly berries, avoiding pesticides and keeping cats indoors. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 26 June 2022 Because of it, thick scrub oak forests grew where the Santa Monica Freeway runs. Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 Incubation had begun for a trio of robin eggs collected in 1901, found in a Calumet nest made of grass and mud, and discovered in scrub oak. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 25 Mar. 2022 Out most colorful tree species tend to be quaking aspen, canyon maple, scrub oak and Douglas hawthorn, often alongside the steady, dark hues of native evergreens. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1766, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scrub oak was in 1766

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“Scrub oak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrub%20oak. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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