tan oak

noun

Definition of tan oak

: a U.S. Pacific coast evergreen tree (Lithocarpus densiflora) of the beech family that has erect staminate catkins and furrowed brown bark rich in tannins

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Recent Examples on the Web Two common trees at the park, Douglas fir and tan oak, don’t survive fire well and are likely dead, according to the Sempervirens Fund. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘We’re not dead yet’: Big Basin redwoods scorched, but not lost.," 28 Aug. 2020 Its night and day hawk-life, slope-life, fogs, coyote, tan oaks, white-speckled amanita. Jane Hirshfield, New York Times, "Poem: Mountainal," 19 Mar. 2020 Researchers estimate that 50 million tan oak trees have died from the disease. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Sudden oak death spreading fast, California’s coastal forests facing devastation," 7 Nov. 2019 Garbelotto said tan oaks — once abundant in southwestern Oregon and California from sea level to 5,000 feet — are the trees that are being obliterated. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Sudden oak death spreading fast, California’s coastal forests facing devastation," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of tan oak

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Tan oak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tan%20oak. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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