beech

noun
\ ˈbēch \
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 \ adjective

Examples of beech in a Sentence

a box made of beech

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More often trees can be mighty and majestic — oaks, redwoods, beeches. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Making art of root and branch, trunk and leaf in “Trees II”," 21 June 2018 The landscape is a wonderland of holly trees and stands of Native American beeches that have been untouched for centuries, gorgeous fields of wildflowers and, overhead, eagles, osprey and hawks. BostonGlobe.com, "How to do Cape Cod on a budget," 6 June 2018 The land is mostly wet woods, with many mature trees, including shagbark hickory, American beech, American elm, black gum, red maple, pin oak and chestnut oak. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Metroparks gain more land and visitors (photos)," 15 Mar. 2018 The dominance of beech was also especially notable in some key tourist areas — the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Patrick Whittle, The Seattle Times, "Beech booming as climate changes, and that’s bad for forests," 25 Feb. 2018 The dominance of beech was also especially notable in some key tourist areas — the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Washington Post, "Beech booming as climate changes, and that’s bad for forests," 25 Feb. 2018 The park is populated by tulip poplars, American beech, oaks, white pine, sycamores, box elders, and red maples, among other species. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Wissahickon park trees, trails took big storm hit, and more is on the way," 6 Mar. 2018 Obviously, a nice green, leafy summer beech thrown in the Good Humor man’s -20 degree freezer will be dead as a hammer in short order. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "What happens in your Kentucky garden during really cold weather," 5 Jan. 2018 The rest of the site is upland forest with American beeches, maples, oaks, hickories. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Metroparks grow again, now at South Chagrin Reservation (photos)," 15 Feb. 2018

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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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beech

noun

English Language Learners Definition of beech

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

: the wood of the beech

beech

noun
\ ˈbēch \

Kids Definition of beech

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

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