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

Examples of beech in a Sentence

a box made of beech
Recent Examples on the Web Ginkgo and red beech trees lining the property are said to be Wright’s favorites. Susan Degrane,, 21 July 2021 It’s made from solid beech wood and can be hand washed. Chris Hachey, BGR, 30 June 2021 The symptoms on beech foliage, best observed from below looking up into the canopy, are characterized by dark striping between leaf veins., 18 June 2021 For example, Hodedah's beech-top rolling kitchen island is currently 56 percent off and marked down to $100. Jessica Leigh Mattern,, 22 June 2021 The interior is built from spruce wood planks and beech dowels, which means that residents can reassemble walls, dividers, counters, storage and furniture as needed to transform the space. CNN, 27 May 2021 Your questions answered American beech Fagus grandifolia. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 16 Apr. 2021 The predominant species were maple, boxelder, poplar, cottonwood and beech trees. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Apr. 2021 Cypress trees and an immense weeping beech punctuated the early October mist. Sigrid Macrae, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beech

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


\ ˈbēch How to pronounce beech (audio) \

Kids Definition of beech

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

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