- any tree of the genus Fagus, of temperate regions, having a smooth gray bark and bearing small, edible, triangular nuts.
- Also called beechwood. the wood of such a tree.
- any member of the plant family Fagaceae, characterized by trees and shrubs having alternate, usually toothed or lobed leaves, male flowers in catkins and female flowers either solitary or in clusters and bearing a nut enclosed in a cupule or bur, including the beeches, chestnuts, and oaks.
Origin of beech
Examples from the Web for beech
Somewhere over the rainbow—specifically atop Beech Mountain in western North Carolina—a yellow brick road leads straight to Oz.Follow the Yellow Brick Road…to North Carolina
February 12, 2014
Go to the beech grove, and live with them there,—was that her fate?Rico and Wiseli
I know the beech and the maple, and some kinds of oak, but there my wood lore ends.In the Midst of Alarms
No tree has so fair a bole and so handsome an instep as the beech.
It is found on oak and beech branches, frequently in large groups.
I have always found it on beech logs, from September to October.
- any N temperate tree of the genus Fagus, esp F. sylvatica of Europe, having smooth greyish bark: family Fagaceae
- any tree of the related genus Nothofagus, of temperate Australasia and South America
- the hard wood of any of these trees, used in making furniture, etc
- See copper beech
Word Origin and History for beech
Old English bece "beech," from Proto-Germanic *bokjon (cf. Old Norse bok, Dutch beuk, Flemish boek, Old High German buohha, German Buche, Middle Dutch boeke "beech"), from PIE root *bhagos "beech tree" (cf. Greek phegos "oak," Latin fagus "beech," Russian buzina "elder"), perhaps with a ground sense of "edible" (and connected with the root of Greek phagein "to eat;" see -phagous). Beech mast was an ancient food source for agricultural animals across a wide stretch of Europe. Formerly with adjectival form beechen. Also see book.