scrub oak


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

Examples of scrub oak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the Sedona project, Cleland’s team kept as many of the existing shrubs and trees as possible: beautiful Arizona cypresses, manzanita, scrub oak, and piñon pines. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 30 Jan. 2024 Deer have browsed seedlings of manzanita and island scrub oak — a Channel Islands endemic — into oblivion in some places, according to conservancy scientists. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 The fish would be smoked over scrub oak, plentiful in Olive’s own yard. Lawrence Specker |, al, 13 Aug. 2023 If space is limited, try small-scale oaks such as scrub oak (Quercus berberidifolia) and Nuttal’s scrub oak (Quercus dumosa). Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Nov. 2021 Some plant species rely on wildfires for survival, including scrub oak, manzanita and chamise. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 12 Apr. 2023 The nature preserve is home to the endangered southern maritime chapparal along with several other rare and endangered plant species, including Nuttal’s scrub oak and Del Mar manzanita. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Mar. 2023 Evidently, the road served as a fire break that spared a scenic expanse of junipers and scrub oak north of its rough-cut route where glimpses of hazy peaks jutting above the horizon hint at the combination of destruction and resilience that lies ahead. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 8 Dec. 2020 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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