scrub oak


scrub oak
any of several oaks, as Quercus ilicifolia and Q. prinoides, characterized by a scrubby manner of growth, usually found in dry, rocky soil.
[1760-70, Amer.]

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▪ tree group
      any of several small, shrubby trees of the genus Quercus, in the beech family (Fagaceae), native to dry soils in North America.

      Specifically, scrub oak refers to Q. ilicifolia, also known as bear oak, native to the eastern United States. It is an intricately branched ornamental shrub, about 6 m (20 feet) tall, with hollylike leaves and many small, striped acorns. In the west are the California scrub oak (Q. dumosa), an evergreen shrub about 2.5 m (8 feet) tall, with leaves 2.5 cm (1 inch) long, and the Rocky Mountain scrub oak (Q. undulata), up to 9 m (30 feet) tall.

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  • Scrub oak — Oak 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.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) Any tree or shrub of the genus {Quercus}. The oaks have alternate leaves, often variously lobed, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • scrub oak — noun Date: 1766 any of various chiefly American oaks (as Quercus ilicifolia of the northeastern United States) of small size and usually shrubby habit …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Scrub — (skr[u^]b), n. 1. One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow. A sorry scrub. Bunyan. [1913 Webster] We should go there in as proper a manner as possible; nor altogether like the scrubs about us. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2. Something… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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