Definition of silk oak in US English:

silk oak

(also silky oak)


  • A tall Australian tree which yields silky-textured timber similar to oak.

    Several species in the family Proteaceae, in particular Cardwellia sublimis and the frequently cultivated Grevillea robusta

    • ‘Bright reds and yellows are offset by calm beech and silky oak panels; the big volume is bathed in light from clerestories.’
    • ‘The silk oaks were also to be removed because of concerns they might be a safety hazard.’
    • ‘Hibiscus, citrus, silk oaks, bottle trees, pines etc. all drop at least some of their older foliage this time of year.’
    • ‘Notable natives assuming statuesque proportions in northern NSW include brush box, flindersia, native tamarind, red cedar, silky oak and turpentine.’
    • ‘I kicked a silky oak in the front yard and broke my big toe.’
    • ‘The silk oak is planted in India as a shade tree in coffee and tea plantations.’
    • ‘Grevillea robusta is messy and at up to 80 feet, too tall for many lawns, but its brilliant flowers are so full of nectar that they are tasty, and silk oaks are spectacular bird magnets.’
    • ‘He was planing a piece of silky oak.’
    • ‘This would be great property trees, except silk oaks are soft brittle trees that have a limited lifespan.’