from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The bright orange inner bark of the black oak, from which a yellow dye is obtained.
  • n. The dye obtained from this bark.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A yellow dye obtained from the bark of the black oak.
  • n. The black oak tree, Quercus velutina, indigenous to North America.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The yellow inner bark of the Quercus tinctoria, the American black oak, yellow oak, dyer's oak, or quercitron oak, a large forest tree growing from Maine to eastern Texas.
  • n. Quercitrin, used as a pigment. See Quercitrin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The black or dyers' oak, Quercus tinctoria, a tree from 70 to 100 feet high, common through the eastern half of the United States and in southern Canada.
  • n. The bark of this tree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. medium to large deciduous timber tree of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada having dark outer bark and yellow inner bark used for tanning; broad five-lobed leaves are bristle-tipped
  • n. a yellow dye made from the bark of the quercitron oak tree


Blend of Latin quercus, oak; and citron.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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