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  1. overcup oak, Quercus lyrata(noun)

    medium-large deciduous timber tree of central and southern United States; acorns deeply immersed in the cup and mature in first year

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  1. Quercus lyrata

    Quercus lyrata is an oak in the white oak group. It is native to lowland wetlands in the southeastern United States, from Delaware and southern Illinois south to northern Florida and southeast Texas. It is a medium-sized deciduous tree, growing to 20 m tall, with a trunk up to 80 cm diameter. The leaves are 10-16 cm long and 5-10 cm broad, deeply lobed, often somewhat lyre-shaped, dark green above, paler and often finely hairy beneath. The flowers are catkins, produced in the spring and maturing in about 6-7 months into acorns 2.5-5 cm long and 2-4 cm broad, largely enclosed by the cupule. The common name comes from the acorns being largely enclosed in the cup; the scientific name comes from the lyrate leaves. The wood is valuable, similar to that of other white oaks, and used for the same purposes.

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