water oak

noun

: any of several American oaks that thrive in wet soils
especially : one (Quercus nigra) of the eastern U.S.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Growing through the roof at the entrance to the Menil Collection entrance: a water oak. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, 1 Nov. 2018 Trees available include 1-gallon vitex and Mexican plum saplings and 5-gallon Little Gem magnolia, eastern redbud, cherry bark oak, pin oak and water oak. Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, Houston Chronicle, 15 Jan. 2018 Nine varieties of free seedlings were given away including American elm, eastern redbud, laurel oak, live oak, loblolly pine, overcup oak, sawtooth oak, water oak and willow oak. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, 20 Jan. 2018 The crop of acorns from the live oaks that grew on the narrow cheniers veining the coastal marsh and the water oaks and southern red oaks upland farther inland were gone. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, 24 Jan. 2018 Her garden, with her childhood home in the middle of it, is a place of native azaleas and beech trees, of snowdrops and water oaks. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, 17 Apr. 2018 The crop of acorns from the live oaks that grew on the narrow cheniers veining the coastal marsh, and the water oaks and southern red oaks upland farther inland, were gone. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, 24 Jan. 2018 The water oak has been known to grow as high as 80 feet and can have a canopy spread of up to 80 feet wide. Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, Houston Chronicle, 15 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1687, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of water oak was in 1687

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“Water oak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20oak. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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