Definition of beech in English:

beech

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Pronunciation: /biːtʃ
 
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noun

  • 1 (also beech tree) A large tree with smooth grey bark, glossy leaves, and hard, pale fine-grained timber.
    • Genera Fagus (of the northern temperate zone) and Notofagus (the southern beeches, of Australasia and South America), family Fagaceae: many species
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    • Suppose you are like me and cannot tell an elm tree from a beech tree.
    • Nestled amid those trails and orange red maples, oaks, beeches and birches was the Lost River.
    • Oaks, sycamores and beeches dotted well-tended lawns bordered by tarmacked paths and signposted at every junction.
  • 1.1 (also beechwood) [mass noun] The hard, pale fine-grained timber of the beech: a worktop in solid beech
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    • It looks like the leg of a very large beechwood coffee table.
    • There are 72 in all, with big beechwood bedheads and furniture, white-tiled bathrooms and flowers everywhere (annual bill £34,000).
    • Now she walked over to that chair and stroked her fingers across the top of its beechwood frame.

Origin

Old English bēce, of Germanic origin; related to Latin fagus 'beech', Greek phagos 'edible oak'.

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