A western Mediterranean evergreen oak tree (Quercus suber) having thick bark. Commercial cork is produced by periodically stripping the bark from these trees.
A type of evergreen oak tree, Quercus suber, native to southeast Europe and northwest Africa.
Cork-oak Sentence Examples
Other trees of southern France are the cork-oak and the Aleppo and maritime pines.
But in the Majerda Mountains there are dense primeval forests lingering to the present day, and consisting chiefly of the cork oak (Quercus ruber), and two other species of oak (Quercus mirbeckii and Q.
The outer layer of bark in the cork oak by annual additions from within gradually becomes a thick soft homogeneous mass, possessing those compressible and elastic properties upon which the economic value of the material chiefly depends.
Though specially developed in the cork-oak, the substance cork is an almost universal product in the stems (and roots) of woody plants which increase in diameter year by year.