live oak [lahyv] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- an evergreen oak, Quercus virginiana, of the southern U.S., having a short, broad trunk and shiny, oblong leaves: the state tree of Georgia.
- any of various related trees.
- the hard, durable wood of any of these trees.
Origin of live oak An Americanism dating back to 1600–10 Examples from the Web for live oak Historical Examples of live oak
It runs back to the live-oak islands where my friend Manning has his plantation.
Back of the village was the forest of pine, magnolia, and live-oak.
With the one exception of the live-oak by Hooven’s place, there was nothing green in sight.
The live-oak overlooks it, with only a bordering of bushes between.
He now remembers the other man found along with Darke under the live-oak.
British Dictionary definitions for live oak live oak noun
- a hard-wooded evergreen oak, Quercus virginianus, of S North America: used for shipbuilding