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beech mast

the edible nuts of the beech, especially when lying on the ground.
Origin of beech mast
First recorded in 1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The old birds never feed in or near the nesting, leaving all the beech mast, etc., there for their young.

  • When they are feeding on beech mast, they often will not touch grain of any kind, and the mast must be used for bait.

  • I have known them to nest on hemlock mast alone in Pennsylvania, and in Michigan on the pine mast after the beech mast was gone.

  • Swine formed at this time a most important portion of the live stock, finding plenty of oak and beech mast to eat.

  • beech mast, as it is called, was formerly used for fattening swine and deer.

    Woodland Gleanings Charles Tilt
  • The ground was strewn with acorns and beech mast and horse-chestnuts, quite worth picking up.

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    Angela Brazil
  • beech mast is so called also, because beech trees abounded in the forest of Dodona.

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