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Meaning of OAK

Pronunciation:  owk

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  1. [n]  a deciduous tree of the genus Quercus; has acorns and lobed leaves; "great oaks grow from little acorns"
  2. [n]  the hard durable wood of any oak; used especially for furniture and flooring
  3. [adj]  consisting of or made of wood of the oak tree; "a solid oak table"; "the old oaken bucket"

OAK is a 3 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: oak tree, oaken, woody
 See Also: acorn, American turkey oak, black oak, bluejack oak, box white oak, brash oak, California black oak, chestnut oak, Chinese cork oak, cork oak, European turkey oak, evergreen oak, fumed oak, genus Quercus, holly-leaved oak, holm oak, holm tree, iron oak, jack oak, Japanese oak, laurel oak, live oak, northern pin oak, Nuttall oak, Nuttall's oak, oak, overcup oak, pin oak, possum oak, post oak, quercitron, quercitron oak, Quercus, Quercus cerris, Quercus coccinea, Quercus ellipsoidalis, Quercus grosseserrata, Quercus ilex, Quercus imbricaria, Quercus incana, Quercus kelloggii, Quercus laevis, Quercus laurifolia, Quercus lyrata, Quercus mongolica, Quercus nigra, Quercus nuttalli, Quercus palustris, Quercus phellos, Quercus stellata, Quercus suber, Quercus texana, Quercus variabilis, Quercus velutina, red oak, scarlet oak, scrub oak, shingle oak, Spanish oak, swamp oak, tree, turkey oak, water oak, white oak, willow oak, wood, yellow oak



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Oak\ ([=o]k), n. [OE. oke, ok, ak, AS. [=a]c; akin to D.
eik, G. eiche, OHG. eih, Icel. eik, Sw. ek, Dan. eeg.]
1. (Bot.) Any tree or shrub of the genus {Quercus}. The oaks
   have alternate leaves, often variously lobed, and
   staminate flowers in catkins. The fruit is a smooth nut,
   called an {acorn}, which is more or less inclosed in a
   scaly involucre called the cup or cupule. There are now
   recognized about three hundred species, of which nearly
   fifty occur in the United States, the rest in Europe,
   Asia, and the other parts of North America, a very few
   barely reaching the northern parts of South America and
   Africa. Many of the oaks form forest trees of grand
   proportions and live many centuries. The wood is usually
   hard and tough, and provided with conspicuous medullary
   rays, forming the silver grain.

2. The strong wood or timber of the oak.

Note: Among the true oaks in America are:

{Barren oak}, or

{Black-jack}, {Q. nigra}.

{Basket oak}, {Q. Michauxii}.

{Black oak}, {Q. tinctoria}; -- called also {yellow} or
   {quercitron oak}.

{Bur oak} (see under {Bur}.), {Q. macrocarpa}; -- called also
   {over-cup} or {mossy-cup oak}.

{Chestnut oak}, {Q. Prinus} and {Q. densiflora}.

{Chinquapin oak} (see under {Chinquapin}), {Q. prinoides}.

{Coast live oak}, {Q. agrifolia}, of California; -- also
   called {enceno}.

{Live oak} (see under {Live}), {Q. virens}, the best of all
   for shipbuilding; also, {Q. Chrysolepis}, of California.

{Pin oak}. Same as {Swamp oak}.

{Post oak}, {Q. obtusifolia}.

{Red oak}, {Q. rubra}.

{Scarlet oak}, {Q. coccinea}.

{Scrub oak}, {Q. ilicifolia}, {Q. undulata}, etc.

{Shingle oak}, {Q. imbricaria}.

{Spanish oak}, {Q. falcata}.

{Swamp Spanish oak}, or

{Pin oak}, {Q. palustris}.

{Swamp white oak}, {Q. bicolor}.

{Water oak}, {Q. aguatica}.

{Water white oak}, {Q. lyrata}.

{Willow oak}, {Q. Phellos}. Among the true oaks in Europe

{Bitter oak}, or

{Turkey oak}, {Q. Cerris} (see {Cerris}).

{Cork oak}, {Q. Suber}.

{English white oak}, {Q. Robur}.

{Evergreen oak},

{Holly oak}, or

{Holm oak}, {Q. Ilex}.

{Kermes oak}, {Q. coccifera}.

{Nutgall oak}, {Q. infectoria}.

Note: Among plants called oak, but not of the genus
      {Quercus}, are:

{African oak}, a valuable timber tree ({Oldfieldia

{Australian, or She}, {oak}, any tree of the genus
   {Casuarina} (see {Casuarina}).

{Indian oak}, the teak tree (see {Teak}).

{Jerusalem oak}. See under {Jerusalem}.

{New Zealand oak}, a sapindaceous tree ({Alectryon

{Poison oak}, the poison ivy. See under {Poison}.

{Silky, or Silk-bark}, {oak}, an Australian tree ({Grevillea

{Green oak}, oak wood colored green by the growth of the
   mycelium of certain fungi.

{Oak apple}, a large, smooth, round gall produced on the
   leaves of the American red oak by a gallfly ({Cynips
   confluens}). It is green and pulpy when young.

{Oak beauty} (Zo["o]l.), a British geometrid moth ({Biston
   prodromaria}) whose larva feeds on the oak.

{Oak gall}, a gall found on the oak. See 2d {Gall}.

{Oak leather} (Bot.), the mycelium of a fungus which forms
   leatherlike patches in the fissures of oak wood.

{Oak pruner}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Pruner}, the insect.

{Oak spangle}, a kind of gall produced on the oak by the
   insect {Diplolepis lenticularis}.

{Oak wart}, a wartlike gall on the twigs of an oak.

{The Oaks}, one of the three great annual English horse races
   (the Derby and St. Leger being the others). It was
   instituted in 1779 by the Earl of Derby, and so called
   from his estate.

{To sport one's oak}, to be ``not at home to visitors,''
   signified by closing the outer (oaken) door of one's
   rooms. [Cant, Eng. Univ.]

Easton Bible Dictionary

There are six Hebrew words rendered "oak."

(1.) 'El occurs only in the word El-paran (Gen. 14:6). The LXX. renders by "terebinth." In the plural form this word occurs in Isa. 1:29; 57:5 (A.V. marg. and R.V., "among the oaks"); 61:3 ("trees"). The word properly means strongly, mighty, and hence a strong tree.

(2.) 'Elah, Gen. 35:4, "under the oak which was by Shechem" (R.V. marg., "terebinth"). Isa. 6:13, A.V., "teil-tree;" R.V., "terebinth." Isa. 1:30, R.V. marg., "terebinth." Absalom in his flight was caught in the branches of a "great oak" (2 Sam. 18:9; R.V. marg., "terebinth").

(3.) 'Elon, Judg. 4:11; 9:6 (R.V., "oak;" A.V., following the Targum, "plain") properly the deciduous species of oak shedding its foliage in autumn.

(4.) 'Elan, only in Dan. 4:11,14,20, rendered "tree" in Nebuchadnezzar's dream. Probably some species of the oak is intended.

(5.) 'Allah, Josh. 24:26. The place here referred to is called Allon-moreh ("the oak of Moreh," as in R.V.) in Gen. 12:6 and 35:4.

(6.) 'Allon, always rendered "oak." Probably the evergreen oak (called also ilex and holm oak) is intended. The oak woods of Bashan are frequently alluded to (Isa. 2:13; Ezek. 27:6). Three species of oaks are found in Palestine, of which the "prickly evergreen oak" (Quercus coccifera) is the most abundant. "It covers the rocky hills of Palestine with a dense brushwood of trees from 8 to 12 feet high, branching from the base, thickly covered with small evergreen rigid leaves, and bearing acorns copiously." The so-called Abraham's oak at Hebron is of this species. Tristram says that this oak near Hebron "has for several centuries taken the place of the once renowned terebinth which marked the site of Mamre on the other side of the city. The terebinth existed at Mamre in the time of Vespasian, and under it the captive Jews were sold as slaves. It disappeared about A.D. 330, and no tree now marks the grove of Mamre. The present oak is the noblest tree in Southern Palestine, being 23 feet in girth, and the diameter of the foliage, which is unsymmetrical, being about 90 feet." (See HEBRON; TEIL-TREE.)

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