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

Illustration of white oak

Illustration of white oak
  • leaves and acorns

Examples of white oak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nicole Dianne Photography Nicole Dianne Photography Ashley mixed woods in the dining room to create visual interest and add texture and color—like the white oak dining table from Ethnicraft and the Croft House walnut dining room chairs. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 25 Oct. 2023 Built in 1914 by Tom Plant, who made a fortune in the shoe business, and his wife, Olive, this Arts & Crafts-style country estate blends harmoniously into the environment, incorporating Maine white oak and Conway pink granite. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2023 To add to the clean and bright paint palette, Ashley and team replaced the carpet with European white oak floors that also gave some warmth and texture to the home. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 25 Oct. 2023 Highlights of the apartments include oversized windows, high ceilings, and European white oak flooring throughout. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 17 Oct. 2023 The 300-square-foot Maple Oak Treehouse sits 16 feet off the ground between a red maple and a white oak, and the 700-square-foot White Oak Treehouse is 24 feet off the ground, supported by a 200-year-old tree. Cari Shane, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Aug. 2023 Broadly speaking, red oaks seem to be pumping out the acorns more than white oaks and chestnut oaks this year. John Kelly, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2023 The architects and artist exchanged images of rooms by the midcentury Finnish designer Alvar Aalto, which partially inspired the recurrence of simple materials like white oak and cork throughout the house. Alice Newell-Hanson, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2023 The panel at the back of the cab has his logo and is striped with pignut hickory, red cedar, cypress and white oak. Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, al, 18 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1610, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of white oak was in 1610

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“White oak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20oak. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

white oak

: any of various oaks with acorns that mature in one year
also : the hard, strong wood of a white oak that lasts well and is not easily rotted by water

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