[syn: cork tree, Erythrina vespertilio]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cork \Cork\ (k[^o]rk), n. [Cf. G., Dan., & Sw. kork, D. kurk;
all fr. Sp. corcho, fr. L. cortex, corticis, bark, rind. Cf.
1. The outer layer of the bark of the cork tree (Quercus
Suber), of which stoppers for bottles and casks are made.
2. A stopper for a bottle or cask, cut out of cork.
3. A mass of tabular cells formed in any kind of bark, in
greater or less abundance.
Note: Cork is sometimes used wrongly for calk, calker;
calkin, a sharp piece of iron on the shoe of a horse or
Cork jackets, a jacket having thin pieces of cork inclosed
within canvas, and used to aid in swimming.
Cork tree (Bot.), the species of oak (Quercus Suber of
Southern Europe) whose bark furnishes the cork of
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: deciduous tree of China and Manchuria having a turpentine
aroma and handsome compound leaves turning yellow in autumn
and deeply fissured corky bark [syn: cork tree,
2: prickly Australian coral tree having soft spongy wood [syn:
cork tree, Erythrina vespertilio]