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she-oak

(shē′ōk′)
n.
1. Any of various Australian trees in the genera Casuarina or Allocasuarina.
2. The wood of one of these trees.

[From she (probably originally applied in a disparaging sense, because its wood resembles true oak when finished but was sometimes considered more difficult to work).]

she-oak

n
(Plants) any of various Australian trees of the genus Casuarina. See casuarina
[C18 she (in the sense: inferior) + oak]
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Noun1.she-oak - any of several Australian trees of the genus Casuarina
genus Casuarina - genus of trees and shrubs widely naturalized in southern United States and West Indies; coextensive with the family Casuarinaceae and order Casuarinales
casuarina - any of various trees and shrubs of the genus Casuarina having jointed stems and whorls of scalelike leaves; some yield heavy hardwood
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