durmast oak

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Presumably a compound of durmast +‎ oak, but the origin of durmast is unclear and possibly a result of scribal error. The first edition Oxford English Dictionary suggests that Thomas Martyn's dictionary for gardeners and botanists (1798) originated the word through misreading dun mast ("light-brown acorn").

Noun[edit]

durmast oak (plural durmast oaks)

  1. A tree, Quercus petraea, the sessile oak.
  2. Wood of the tree.

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