oak


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oak

(ōk)
A deciduous tree (Quercus spp.) that provides material in its leaves and bark to produce many forms of herbal nostrums. Used as an astringent, a therapeutic remedy for skin disorders (approved for use for this purpose in Germany), and countless other unconfirmed purposes. Because of high levels of tannic acid, it has caused death, respiratory failure, and hepatotoxicity.
References in classic literature ?
"Yes, the oak is right, a thousand times right," thought Prince Andrew.
Speaking of oak staircases reminds me that there is a magnificent carved oak staircase in one of the houses in Kingston.
And as she spoke she faded suddenly, and the side of the oak was once more as the solid rock.
It seemed as if the hamadryad of the oak had sheltered herself from the unimaginative world within the heart of her native tree, and that it was only necessary to remove the strange shapelessness that had incrusted her, and reveal the grace and loveliness of a divinity.
He only put his oak staff at parry as the other took his stand.
He explained his absence by saying that he had a headache and went out into the fresh air, but had gone no further than the oak grove.
They spoke in low tones as they passed around the house under great oak trees and came to a stop before a small barn.
For you are to know, that, many years before, King Pelias had been told by the Speaking Oak of Dodona, that a man with one sandal should cast him down from his throne.
Beyond, in a slightly clearer space, wild grape and honeysuckle swung in green riot from gnarled old oak trees.
The Assassins chase Pinocchio, catch him, and hang him to the branch of a giant oak tree
The tradition was broken, the Brownon estates passed into alien hands and the only Brownons remaining in that place were underground in Oak Hill Cemetery, where, indeed, was a colony of them powerful enough to resist the encroachment of surrounding tribes and hold the best part of the grounds.
She was supine under a little oak, resting after the fury of her elder-hunting, and had taken off the high-heeled slippers she had been silly enough to wear.