a. Any of numerous deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs of the genus Quercus, bearing acorns as fruit.
b. The hard durable wood of any of these trees or shrubs.
c. Something made of this wood.
2. Any of various trees or shrubs having wood or a leaf shape similar to that of certain oaks.
3. Any of various brown shades resembling the wood of an oak in color.
[Middle English ok, from Old English āc.]
oaken (ōkən) adj.
(click for a larger image)oak
northern red oak
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