she-oak

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From she + oak.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

she-oak (plural she-oaks)

  1. (Australia) Any of various trees and shrubs of the family Casuarinaceae growing in Australasia and parts of Asia.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber & Faber 2003, p. 96:
      When she swung the belt again he crossed his fingers for her and screwed up his face in sympathy when it caught, in mid-air, on a branch of a big old she-oak that hung above the falls.
  2. (Australia slang, now rare) Beer.