Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several dwarf oaks of the southwestern United States, forming the largest element in ‘shinneries.’ That perhaps most properly so called is Quercus undulata (also called scrub-oak). Others are Q. gambelii and Q. breviloba (both also called white oak).
- n. The upland willow oak, Quercus cinerea.
“Even as he spoke, Ramona went plunging over the head of her horse into a bunch of shin-oak.”
“Through the shin-oak which grew thick on the edge of the bluff he made out a man on horseback driving a calf.”
“Two men, masked with slitted handkerchiefs, broke through the shin-oak just as Arthur whipped up his gun.”
“He had continued to pace for some distance, after emerging from the shin-oak forest; but all at once, as we could tell by his tracks, he had bounded off again, and resumed his headlong gallop.”
“For long fretful hours we toiled through the "shin-oak" forest, our heads far overtopping its tallest trees!”
“They look to me like they been fed on short grass an 'shin-oak. ”
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