Live oak

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Southern live oak Quercus virginiana


Any North American evergreen oak, such as Quercus virginiana (southern U.S. and Mexico) or Quercus agrifolia (California). The light brown wood of the live oak tree is strong and hard. Its wood was once highly valued by shipbuilders. Now it is mainly grown as a shade tree.

Synonyms and Related Terms

encino; live oak southern live oak (Quercus virginiana); live oak coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia)

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  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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