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
beechenplay \ˈbē-chən\ adjective
Examples of beech in a Sentence
a box made of beech
Recent Examples of beech from the Web
With copper beeches, magnolia trees, azaleas and rhododendron, the Locust Valley Cemetery resembles a strolling garden.
Take a calming stroll through the arboretum’s groves of sycamores, maples, beeches, magnolias and hickories.
A little more than half of the acreage is wooded, with trees including pecan, walnut, beeches, maples and a dawn redwood.
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Origin and Etymology of beech
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 12th centurySee Words from the same year
BEECH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of beech for English Language Learners
: a kind of tree that has smooth gray bark and small nuts
: the wood of the beech
BEECH Defined for Kids
Definition of beech for Students
: a tree with smooth gray bark, deep green leaves, and small edible nuts
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