mossycup oak


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Related to mossycup oak: burr oak, Quercus macrocarpa
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Noun1.mossycup oak - medium to large deciduous oak of central and eastern North America with ovoid acorns deeply immersed in large fringed cupsmossycup oak - medium to large deciduous oak of central and eastern North America with ovoid acorns deeply immersed in large fringed cups; yields tough close-grained wood
white oak - any of numerous Old World and American oaks having 6 to 8 stamens in each floret, acorns that mature in one year and leaf veins that never extend beyond the margin of the leaf
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Ethnobotanists studying Native American cultures found a strong preference for the bur oak, sometimes called the mossycup oak. Several modern texts suggest bur oak acorns are among the most edible (to humans) without leaching the tannins out.
Able to live 200 to 400 years and named for its bristly husks, or caps, bur oak goes by the names prairie oak, blue oak, scrub oak, or mossycup oak. It resides in the wild in deep rich bottomlands, where it attains a large size, and on dry ridges and western slopes, where it grows small and gnarled.