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Any of various North American evergreen oak trees, especially Quercus virginiana of the southeast United States and Q. agrifolia of California and northern Mexico.
[From their being evergreen.]
(Plants) a hard-wooded evergreen oak, Quercus virginianus, of S North America: used for shipbuilding
1. an evergreen oak, Quercus virginiana, of the southern U.S., having a short, broad trunk and shiny, oblong leaves.
2. any of various related trees.
3. the wood of any of these trees.
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|Noun||1.||live oak - any of several American evergreen oaks|
oak tree, oak - a deciduous tree of the genus Quercus; has acorns and lobed leaves; "great oaks grow from little acorns"
California live oak, coast live oak, Quercus agrifolia - highly variable often shrubby evergreen oak of coastal zone of western North America having small thick usually spiny-toothed dark-green leaves
canyon live oak, canyon oak, maul oak, Quercus chrysolepis, iron oak - medium-sized evergreen of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico with oblong leathery often spiny-edged leaves
Quercus virginiana, southern live oak - medium-sized evergreen native to eastern North America to the east coast of Mexico; often cultivated as shade tree for it wide-spreading crown; extremely hard tough durable wood once used in shipbuilding