What is oak?

  • (noun): The hard durable wood of any oak; used especially for furniture and flooring.
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An oak is a tree or shrub in the genus Quercus ( /ˈkwɜrkəs/; Latin "oak tree"), of which about 600 species exist. "Oak" may also appear in the names of species in related genera, notably Lithocarpus. The genus is native to the Northern Hemisphere, and includes deciduous and evergreen species extending from cool temperate to tropical latitudes in Asia and the Americas.

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Some articles on oak:

Wye Oak
... The Wye Oak was the honorary state tree of Maryland, and the largest white oak tree in the United States ... the town of Wye Mills, Talbot County, Maryland, the Wye Oak was believed to be over 460 years old at the time of its destruction during a severe thunderstorm on June 6, 2002, and ... It is believed that the acorn that became the oak germinated around the year 1540 ...
Oak Processionary
... The Oak Processionary (Thaumetopoea processionea) is a moth whose caterpillars can be found in oak forests ...
University Of Rochester Arboretum
... River on a site previously owned by the Oak Hill Country Club ... had designed a "River Walk" of oak trees along the river and after the university purchased the site in 1923, his son Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr ... between Elmwood Avenue and Intercampus Drive are 197 oak trees representing 15 species ...
Oak Park Conservatory
... Oak Park Conservatory is a conservatory and botanical garden located at 615 Garfield Street in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, United States ... The Oak Park Conservatory was added to the U.S ...

More definitions of "oak":

  • (noun): A deciduous tree of the genus Quercus; has acorns and lobed leaves.
    Synonyms: oak tree

Famous quotes containing the word oak:

    The leaves are all dead on the ground,
    Save those that the oak is keeping
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    Yet poetry, though the last and finest result, is a natural fruit. As naturally as the oak bears an acorn, and the vine a gourd, man bears a poem, either spoken or done. It is the chief and most memorable success, for history is but a prose narrative of poetic deeds.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Below me trees unnumbered rise,
    Beautiful in various dyes:
    The gloomy pine, the poplar blue,
    The yellow beech, the sable yew,
    The slender fir that taper grows,
    The sturdy oak with broad-spread boughs.
    John Dyer (1699–1758)