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quickbeam

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwɪkbiːm
 
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Definition of quickbeam in English:

noun

Another term for mountain ash (sense 1).
Example sentences
  • But the quickbeam can brighten up the most dismal of days, when everything is shrouded in rolling mist, all of a sudden a quickbeam comes into view and its blood red berries seem to light up the landscape.
  • This Tree has many nicknames - the Quicken Tree, the Quickbeam (meaning 'living wood') the Witch Tree - and has a long and colourful history.
  • The rowan, quickbeam, or mountain ash is a graceful tree that grows fast, but not tall, on high ground.

Origin

Old English, apparently from quick (although the sense of the adjective is unclear) + beam.

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