oak


oak
oak (n.) O.E. ac "oak tree," from P.Gmc. *aiks (Cf. O.N. eik, O.Fris., M.Du. ek, Du. eik, O.H.G. eih, Ger. Eiche), of uncertain origin with no certain cognates outside Germanic. The usual Indo-European base for "oak" (*derwo-/*dreu-) has become Modern English TREE (Cf. tree). Used in Biblical translations to render Hebrew elah (probably usually "terebinth tree") and four other words. The Old Norse form was eik, but as there were no oaks in Iceland the word came to be used there for "tree" in general.

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  • Oak — ([=o]k), n. [OE. oke, ok, ak, AS. [=a]c; akin to D. eik, G. eiche, OHG. eih, Icel. eik, Sw. ek, Dan. eeg.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) Any tree or shrub of the genus {Quercus}. The oaks have alternate leaves, often variously lobed, and staminate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oak — ist die Bezeichnung für: Flughafen Oakland in den Vereinigten Staaten (IATA Code) Oltener Aktionskomitee einen Vorgänger der Programmiersprache Java den russischen Luftfahrtkonzern OAK oAK bezeichnet: orale Antikoagulation Oak bezeichnet in der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • OAK — (Heb. אַלּוֹן), the main trees of Israel s natural groves and forests. The three species which grow there have in common their strong and hard wood and all attain a great height and reach a very old age. The Hebrew name, allon, means strong (Amos …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Oak — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. OAK ou Oak peuvent avoir plusieurs significations : OAK est un consortium aéronautique russe. OAK est le code AITA de l aéroport international d… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • oak — [ōk] n. [ME oke < OE ac, akin to Ger eiche < IE base * aig , oak > Gr aigilōps, a kind of oak] 1. any of a genus (Quercus) of large hardwood trees and bushes of the beech family, bearing acorns 2. the wood of an oak 3. any of various… …   English World dictionary

  • oak — oak; oak·en; oak·land; oak·land·er; oak·ling; …   English syllables

  • oak|en — «OH kuhn», adjective. 1. made of oak wood: »the old oaken bucket. 2. Figurative. sturdy as an oak; solid: »... a splendidly oaken characterization (Dan Sullivan). ... the family farmer an oaken citizen (John Kenneth Galbraith). 3. consisting of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • oak — [ ouk ] noun * count a large tree that can live for a very long time and produces small hard fruits called acorns: an ancient oak a. uncount wood from an oak tree: a solid oak table …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Oak — Oak, NE U.S. village in Nebraska Population (2000): 60 Housing Units (2000): 36 Land area (2000): 0.148115 sq. miles (0.383617 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.148115 sq. miles (0.383617 sq. km) …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Oak, NE — U.S. village in Nebraska Population (2000): 60 Housing Units (2000): 36 Land area (2000): 0.148115 sq. miles (0.383617 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.148115 sq. miles (0.383617 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places


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