\ ˈbēch How to pronounce beech (audio) \
plural beeches or beech

Definition of 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

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Other Words from beech

beechen \ ˈbē-​chən How to pronounce beechen (audio) \ adjective

Examples of beech in a Sentence

a box made of beech
Recent Examples on the Web Other botanicals making their way into sheets include Tencel (made from eucalyptus) and Modal (made from beech trees). Marni Jameson | Contributing Writer,, "4 ways to keep your bedding cool to sleep more comfortably on these those hot August nights," 4 Aug. 2020 The caterpillars feed on leaves of beech, birch, elm, maple, oak, rose and other woody plants, but haven't been observed to feed on morning glory. oregonlive, "How to get rid of squash bugs? Ask an expert," 1 Aug. 2020 Kilpatrick tells House Beautiful that the nut production, particularly from beech trees in the Northeast, was very high. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Yes, You're Seeing More Chipmunks Than Usual Right Now," 28 July 2020 Bamboo and beech sheets, for example, often have a lower thread count because the fibers are naturally softer and silkier. Kelley Carter, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Bedsheets to Enhance Your Sleep and Your Room," 10 June 2020 The tree is a Nothofagus betuloides, Magellan's beech, a type of tree first collected by Captain Cook’s team. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "The tree at the bottom of the world—and the wind-blasted trek to find it," 7 July 2020 The two old grouse hunters were sitting on an old beech deadfall, the aroma of applewood pipe smoke drifting through the tangled grouse country. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Old but sound advice for shotgun success: Don’t aim, just look," 13 June 2020 Over the next six thousand years, white pines advanced onto the landscape, followed by hemlocks, oaks, and beeches as the climate warmed and rainfall increased. Drew Pendergrass, Harper's Magazine, "Ground Control," 25 May 2020 After a peak in 1964, each new ring of wood in Fay’s beech carried a little less radiocarbon. Carl Zimmer, The Atlantic, "Nuclear Tests Marked Life on Earth With a Radioactive Spike," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of beech

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beech

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

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

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“Beech.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce beech (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of beech

: a kind of tree that has smooth gray bark and small nuts
: the wood of the beech


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Kids Definition of beech

: a tree with smooth gray bark, deep green leaves, and small edible nuts

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