beech

noun

plural beeches or beech
: any of a genus (Fagus of the family Fagaceae, the beech family) of hardwood trees with smooth gray bark and small edible nuts
also : its wood
beechen adjective

Examples of beech in a Sentence

a box made of beech
Recent Examples on the Web Look for fabrics such as modal, a textile made from beech tree pulp that is more breathable than cotton. Kelsey Glennon, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 May 2024 There are good examples of mesic upland forest, dominated by beech and sugar maple, and dry-mesic upland forest, dominated by several species of oak and hickory. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Apr. 2024 The rustic-contemporary house has whole-log posts, rough-hewn beams, and maple, pine, and beech interiors; a main living space with a massive rock fireplace, wall of windows, and open kitchen with breakfast booth; a Japanese bath; and a library. The Week Us, theweek, 16 Apr. 2024 There, somewhere under the dense cover of hemlock and maple, beech and pine, the truck came to a stop. Photographs Todd Heisler, New York Times, 19 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for beech 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English beche, from Old English bēce; akin to Old English bōc beech, Old High German buohha, Latin fagus, Greek phēgos oak

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beech was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Beech.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beech. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

beech

noun
plural beeches or beech
: any of a genus of trees with smooth gray bark and small edible nuts
also : its wood
beechen adjective

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