silk oak

silk oak
noun
any of several Australian timber trees having usually fernlike foliage and mottled wood used in cabinetry and veneering
Hypernyms: ↑grevillea
Hyponyms:
Member Holonyms: ↑genus Grevillea

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noun or silky oak
: any of various Australian timber trees of the family Proteaceae (as of the genus Grevillea) having fernlike foliage and attractively mottled wood that is used in cabinetry and veneering; specifically : a medium to large tree (Grevillea robusta) with feathery bipinnate leaves that are silvery white below and orange-red flowers

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any of several Australian trees of the genus Grevillea, esp. G. robusta, having feathery, fernlike leaves and showy orange or yellow flowers, grown as a street tree in Florida and California.
Also, silky oak.
[1865-70]

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silk oak,
= silky oak. (Cf.silky oak)

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(also silky oak) n. a tall Australian tree that yields silky-textured timber similar to oak. Several species in the family Proteaceae, in particular Cardwellia sublimis and the frequently cultivated Grevillea robusta

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