One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small oak of the coastal plains of the southeastern US, with leathery three-lobed leaves shaped like the outline of a turkey track.
- ‘Our hospital has, since its foundation, had as its symbol the turkey oak that was in its grounds.’
- ‘The canopy of the woodland is dominated by oak and ash but, in the 19th century, more exotic species - such as sweet chestnut, lime and turkey oak were introduced.’
- ‘In the northeastern part of the area is a sand ridge supporting a turkey oak.’
- ‘Myrtle oak, turkey oak, and Chapman oak are often so densely spaced that few other plants can grow beneath them.’
- ‘While the understory growth of bluejack and turkey oak may be thinned, layers and layers of avian understory abound in these airy halls.’
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