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A western Mediterranean evergreen oak tree (Quercus suber) having thick bark. Commercial cork is produced by periodically stripping the bark from these trees. Also called cork tree.
(Plants) an evergreen Mediterranean oak tree, Quercus suber, with a porous outer bark from which cork is obtained. Also called: cork tree
a. Also called phellem. a layer of dead protective tissue between the bark and cadmium in woody plants.
b. the thick lightweight layer of a Mediterranean oak, Quercus suber (cork oak), harvested commercially for making floats, stoppers for bottles, etc.
2. something made of cork.
3. a piece of cork, rubber, or the like used as a stopper, as for a bottle.
4. a small float to buoy up a fishing line.v.t.
5. to provide or fit with cork or a cork.
6. to stop with or as if with a cork (often fol. by up).
7. to blacken with burnt cork.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Arabic qurq < Latin quercus oak (see fir)]
1. a county in Munster province in S Republic of Ireland. 279,427; 2881 sq. mi. (7460 sq. km).
2. a seaport in and the county seat of Cork in the S part. 133,196.
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|Noun||1.||cork oak - medium-sized evergreen oak of southern Europe and northern Africa having thick corky bark that is periodically stripped to yield commercial cork|