One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen Mediterranean oak, the outer layer of the bark of which is the source of cork, which can be stripped without harming the tree.
Quercus suber, family Fagaceae
- ‘Olive groves and forests of cork oak are the Mediterranean environment of the handsome woodchat.’
- ‘The bark of the cork oak tree, found in Spain, Portugal, and North Africa, can be almost entirely stripped each harvest without harming the tree, which regenerates itself.’
- ‘The high mountains support typical evergreen forests of firs and cypress, whilst on the lower slopes are to be found such trees as pines, chestnuts, and cork oak.’
- ‘The bark of cork oak trees regenerates, allowing the trees to be safely stripped in nine-year intervals to create natural wine corks.’
- ‘Cork is harvested from the cork oak, coming primarily from Portugal, Spain and North Africa.’
cork oak/ˈkôrk ˌōk/
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