white oak

noun

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

Examples of white oak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The boat, which is 7 feet, 4 inches wide, has a white oak keel, overlapping Port Orford cedar planking held together with 1,500 copper rivets and a 27-foot fir mast that is reclaimed wood from a former church building. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 Patterned tiles also accent risers on the white oak stairs leading to the home's private spaces. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 RH One, for instance, features rift-sawn European white oak in the 12-person cabin—the first all-wood interior Gulfstream has ever installed. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 1 May 2022 The 164 rooms and suites lean heavy on both elements, with wide entryways, expanses of white oak, curvaceous furniture, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 The floors are made of white oak, red hardwood and stone imported from Texas. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 8 Mar. 2022 In May 2021, Mez Welch, a member of the Timber Framers Guild, got permission from Virginia landowners to chop down some white oak trees and drag them out with horses. Douglas Starr, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 Kitchen Humphrey opted for white oak wood in the kitchen. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 20 Apr. 2021 The spread has a total of three gas fireplaces, white oak flooring, several skylights, a wine refrigerator and radiant heating flooring in the bathrooms. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of white oak

1610, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of white oak was in 1610

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Last Updated

17 May 2022

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“White oak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20oak. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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