scrub oak

noun

Definition of scrub oak 

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

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The studio element floats on piers above a landscape of scrub oak, cactus, juniper, cottonwoods and a wash that flows in winter and the summer monsoon. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Coolest homes: 10 unique modern homes featured on azcentral," 21 June 2018 The fire was burning on Mule Mountain in Cochise County, consuming scrub oak and tall grasses about three miles north of Bisbee and east of State Routes 80 and 90, officials said. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Wildfire burning near Bisbee grows to 8,000 acres," 8 June 2018 The marshes, pitch pines and scrub oaks give an outer Cape Cod feel to the park. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Hikers, Are You Up To The Challenge Of These 14 Trails?," 15 May 2018 Firefighters had to fight through rocky terrain and dense manzanita and scrub oak that sprang up after the catastrophic Dude Fire of 1990, which had destroyed the native ponderosa pines and changed the area’s flora forever. azcentral, "Into the water," 15 May 2018 A half-mile wide and more than a mile long, Henderson Beach's eco-system supports a scenic spray of low-growth sand pine, scrub oak, sea oats and dune rosemary on its rolling dunes. Bob Rountree, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Exploring Florida’s Panhandle, campground by campground," 13 Dec. 2017 Go deep into the trails at Rattlesnake Ridge and take in the wet pine flatwoods, scrub oaks and palmettos covering acres of sandy swells. Brian Kelly, AL.com, "Biking the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail," 27 Oct. 2017 Some of the chaparral and native trees, including the famous scrub oaks, on the slopes above the Napa and Sonoma valleys actually depend on fire for reproduction. Constance Casey, Slate Magazine, "After the Fires, What Will Become of California’s Wine Crop?," 18 Oct. 2017 Santa Ana winds continue to whip flames through the scrub oak, mustard grass, and other quick-to-burn vegetation growing in the region. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "These Photos Show the Devastation of the Fires Ravaging Northern California," 10 Oct. 2017

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1766, in the meaning defined above

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