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beech mast

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  1. the edible nuts of the beech, especially when lying on the ground.

Origin of beech mast

First recorded in 1570–80
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Examples from the Web for beech mast

Historical Examples

  • The pigeons came only when there was beech-mast in the woods.

    Ways of Nature

    John Burroughs

  • They had come to rent the beech-mast district in the Tordona forests.

  • Beech-nuts—or beech-mast, as it is called—are eaten by many animals.

    Miscellanea

    Juliana Horatia Ewing

  • Beech often appears in compounds as Buck-; cf. buckwheat, so called because the grains are of the shape of beech-mast.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • Beech-mast rather increased than appeased his hunger; and nothing came in view that could be shot.

    Cedar Creek

    Elizabeth Hely Walshe