white oak


Definition of white oak 

: any of various oaks (especially Quercus alba of eastern North America) with acorns that mature in one year and leaf veins that never extend beyond the margin of the leaf also : its hard strong durable wood

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white oak: leaves and acorns

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Ryan Sansoucy, owner of Precision Trade Works, has been cutting plenty of dead white oak trees this year. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Salvaging White Oaks Lost To Gypsy Moth Devastation," 21 May 2018 The condominiums have 11-foot ceilings and floors of wide-plank white oak. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Well-crafted Jackson Square condos rich in design inspiration," 2 July 2018 The hacienda-style property, built in 1914 by a scion of the Morton Salt family, still features original design elements, including 19th-century white oak beams in its updated rooms and common areas. New York Times, "36 Hours in Napa Valley," 21 June 2018 The limited-edition tequila is aged in matured American white oak barrels for eight months and then finished for 30 days in casks that were previously used to age Buchanan’s Blended Scotch Whisky. Emily Price, Fortune, "Don Julio Launches Its First New Tequila in 6 Years," 11 July 2018 Knotty white oak floors with a driftwood-like finish lend a beachy feel against white walls with square-edge tongue-and-groove accents. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "After renting for years on Martha’s Vineyard, building a getaway all their own," 15 June 2018 Interior features of the three-story retail space (the fourth floor is for employees) include terrazzo stone flooring and white oak floors, off-white walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. Kristin Larson, chicagotribune.com, "COS opens mega store on Oak Street bringing chic, affordable style," 15 June 2018 Loggers also cut swaths of royal ebony, mahogany, and white oak for export and for coal production. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 The hardwood stands include red and white oak, hickory and walnut. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Fulfillment on Gobbler's Ridge comes from more than just harvesting turkeys," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of white oak

1610, in the meaning defined above

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