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whitebeam

[hwahyt-beem, wahyt-]
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noun
  1. a European tree, Sorbus aria, of the rose family, having leathery leaves, showy, white flowers, and mealy, orange-red or scarlet fruit.
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Origin of whitebeam

First recorded in 1695–1705; white + beam
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Examples from the Web for whitebeam

Historical Examples

  • "I will bury her beneath the whitebeam," said Antony, and he carried her thither.

    The Worshipper of the Image

    Richard Le Gallienne

  • Here, among the red fruit of rowan and whitebeam, the ring-ousel lingers on his southward journey.

    In the West Country

    Francis A. Knight

  • A whitebeam at a little distance made a vivid conflagration of green amid the sombre boles of the pines.

    The Worshipper of the Image

    Richard Le Gallienne

  • As he neared the whitebeam, a gust of wind blew out his lantern, and he stood in the profound darkness of the trees.

    The Worshipper of the Image

    Richard Le Gallienne


British Dictionary definitions for whitebeam

whitebeam

noun
  1. a N temperate rosaceous tree, Sorbus aria, having leaves with dense white hairs on the undersurface and hard timber
  2. any of several similar and closely related trees
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