from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tree, Quercus palustris, found in wet places in the eastern half of the United States: so named in allusion to the Persistent dead branches, which resemble pins driven into the trunk.


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  • The wind blew across the tall yellow grass in the field below the house and bent the limbs of the pin-oak tree in the Holland family cemetery.

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  • Wakefulness came to him once during the middle of the night when he urinated into the metal pan he held between his naked thighs, and while the drops congealed between his fingers and the pin-oak tree bent outside in the wind, he slipped into a dream as bright and clearly etched in its sequence as a lucifer match touching a candle.

    The Convict and Other Stories

  • Hack thought he heard a branch of the pin-oak tree at home snap in the hot wind like a rifle shot.

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  • There's a respectably-sized pin-oak in the front yard.

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  • McTavish frightened the bull out of the meadow, under the pin-oak tree.

    Warwick Woodlands Things as they Were There Twenty Years Ago

  • Tom Draw, put Mr. Forester at my old post down by the big pin-oak at the creek side; and you stand there,

    Warwick Woodlands Things as they Were There Twenty Years Ago

  • Development, are making great efforts to harvest rainwater, revitalize over 12 acres of marsh and coastal grassland, and preserve as much of the existing vegetation as possible, including five 140-year old pin-oak trees.


  • "Well, when daybreak came, I shot a nice big fat Mr. Zip Coon out of an old pin-oak, and we started for home like old pardners.

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