from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Trunks and large branches of oak found embedded in bogs and preserved by the antiseptic properties of peat.


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  • He fell back, with his swarthy breast (from which my gripe had rent all clothing), like a hummock of bog-oak, standing out the quagmire; and then he tossed his arms to heaven, and they were black to the elbow, and the glare of his eyes was ghastly.

    Lorna Doone

  • He rose and went over to the sideboard, a massive affair in bog-oak on which the tray and the glasses which had held the sherry were still standing.

    My Bones Will Keep

  • Dame Beatrice was shown to a stone-flagged chamber, immensely vast, which contained, besides the bed, a washstand of nineteenth-century veneered mahogany and a dressing-table in bog-oak.

    Spotted Hemlock

  • And other cares came to bother her: the indispensable things which she would have to buy at the end of the week out of her salary; open-work stockings, an aigrette for the theater, a little black bog-oak pig to wear at her wrist.

    The Bill-Toppers

  • We know, indeed, that in early times, certainly, England was much more densely wooded than now; the rocky foundation on which Exmoor lies is covered with a peaty deposit which is formed of decayed vegetable substance -- the myriad leaves, perhaps, of many hundred autumns -- and near the Chains, which are a series of dangerous bogs near Dunkery Beacon, stumps and roots of bog-oak have been pulled out of the ground.

    Lynton and Lynmouth A Pageant of Cliff & Moorland

  • Erin lays out with no little artistic taste her bog-oak ornaments, and

    The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)

  • Janice saw them first, and then she saw Miss Silver, very neatly dressed in a most unbecoming shade of drab, with a bog-oak brooch and a quantity of mousy hair in a fringe controlled by a hair-net and primly coiled behind.

    The Key

  • Miss Silver undid her jacket, disclosing the fact that she was wearing a bog-oak brooch in the form of a rose with a pearl in the heart of it.

    The Key

  • She went out – a little dowdy person in garments of outmoded style, the bog-oak rose at her throat, her hair, neatly controlled by a net, piled high in a tight curled fringe after the fashion set by Queen Alexandra in the Nineties and now just coming in again, her feet in woollen stockings and bead-embroidered shoes, a brightly flowered knitting-bag depending from her arm.

    The Key

  • Brun, of Molière, came from Lady Morgan, whose pen of bog-oak and gold,

    The Life of the Rt. Hon. Sir Charles W. Dilke, Volume 2


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