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

Examples of scrub oak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Rowena Fire burned about 15 acres of grass, scrub oak and ponderosa pine near the Wasco County community of Rowena, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. oregonlive, "Columbia River Gorge wildfire almost fully contained, crews say," 30 June 2020 Oregon Department of Forestry Central Oregon tweeted that the fire was about 10 acres of grass and scrub oak and that crews had contained it and would continue to work on through the night. oregonlive, "Wildfire in Columbia River Gorge closes part of Highway 30," 29 June 2020 The rocky but usually dry crossings are fringed with scrappy stands of scrub oak, willows and catclaw. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "A short distance off the highway, this Prescott-area hike feels remote. Here's how to do it," 12 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of scrub oak

1766, in the meaning defined above

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“Scrub oak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrub%20oak. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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