American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several American evergreen oaks, such as Quercus virginiana of Mexico and the southeast United States or Q. agrifolia of California. Also called encina.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An American oak, Quercus virens. It is abundant, within short distances of the coast, from southern Virginia to Texas, extending into Mexico, and is also found in Costa Rica. It is a slow-growing evergreen, 50 or 60 feet high. The leaves are commonly entire, with the upper side smooth and shining. Its wood is extremely heavy, hard, strong, fine-grained, and durable, and of great economic value, being especially prized for ship-building. The name is also applied to several other evergreen species of the Pacific slope: Q. chrysolepis, also called
maul-oakand Valparaiso oak; the less important Q. Wislizeni; and the coast live-oak, Q. agrifolia, also called encino, alarge tree of southern California.
- n. An evergreen species of oak characteristic of the US South, the southern live oak, Quercus virginiana
- n. Any of several other species of oak with evergreen, usually holly-like leaves
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) a species of oak (Quercus virens), growing in the Southern States, of great durability, and highly esteemed for ship timber. In California the Quercus chrysolepis and some other species are also called
- n. any of several American evergreen oaks
“The back of his shirt was peppered with sweat by midday, and while the blacks ate their sandwiches of company-store balogna and potted meat in a grove of gum trees, he tethered his horse under a solitary live oak in the middle of a pepper field and sat in a folding chair a black man hand-carried to him for that purpose.”
“He paused in the shade of a live oak in front of the old Trappey’s bottling plant and wiped his face, then continued on to the McDonald’s, took his sack lunch and a thermos out of his suitcase, and began eating at a stone table, outside, under the trees.”
“He said that he'd gone to check on Jack and that Jack was fine, albeit naked and chilly and sitting near the top of a live oak tree in front of Halle's cabin.”
“He was sitting halfway up a live oak just west of Halle's cabin, waiting.”
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