[ hwahyt-beem, wahyt- ]
/ ˈʰwaɪtˌbim, ˈwaɪt- /


a European tree, Sorbus aria, of the rose family, having leathery leaves, showy, white flowers, and mealy, orange-red or scarlet fruit.

Origin of whitebeam

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

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

    The Worshipper of the Image|Richard Le Gallienne
  • 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
  • Here, among the red fruit of rowan and whitebeam, the ring-ousel lingers on his southward journey.

    In the West Country|Francis A. Knight

British Dictionary definitions for whitebeam

/ (ˈwaɪtˌbiːm) /


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