\ 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 beechen (audio) \ adjective

Examples of beech in a Sentence

a box made of beech

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The towering trees — a mix of beeches and elms — that surround the home provide cover from brutal summer days. John-john Williams Iv,, "A fine blend: Baltimore restaurateur Tony Foreman’s home balances luxury with his family’s personality," 9 Sep. 2019 The scent was made to resemble something that does not exist at the top of one of the tallest buildings in the world: trees, all native to New York State, including beeches, mountain ashes and red maples. James Barron, New York Times, "That Smell at the Top of One World Trade? It’s on Purpose," 7 Aug. 2019 Frank and other scientists had observed that truffles always grew around certain trees, such as beeches, hornbeams, oaks, and pines. Ferris Jabr, Harper's magazine, "The Story of Storytelling," 10 Mar. 2019 Still, California beech trees in my North Bay environment were looking unlikely. C.d. Wright, Harper's magazine, "Life’s a Beech," 10 Jan. 2019 More often trees can be mighty and majestic — oaks, redwoods, beeches. Mark Feeney,, "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., "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 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

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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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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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