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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beech, beech treenoun

    any of several large deciduous trees with rounded spreading crowns and smooth grey bark and small sweet edible triangular nuts enclosed in burs; north temperate regions

  2. beech, beechwoodnoun

    wood of any of various beech trees; used for flooring and containers and plywood and tool handles


  1. beechnoun

    A tree of the genus Fagus having a smooth, light grey trunk, oval, pointed leaves and many branches.

  2. beechnoun

    The wood of the beech tree.

  3. Etymology: From beche, from bece, from bōkijōn (compare Dutch beuk, German Buche, Danish bøg), from bōks 'beech; book'. More at book.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BEECHnoun

    This tree hath leaves somewhat resembling those of the hornbeam; the male flowers grow together in a round bunch, at remote distances from the fruit, which consists of two triangular nuts, inclosed in a rough hairy rind, divided into four parts. There is but one species of this tree at present known, except two varieties, with striped leaves. It will grow to a considerable stature, though the soil be stony and barren; as also, upon the declivities of mountains. The shade of this tree is very injurious to most sorts of plants, which grow near it; but is generally believed to be very salubrious to human bodies. The timber is of great use to turners and joiners. The mast is very good to fatten swine and deer; and affords a sweet oil, and has supported some families with bread. Philip Miller

    Etymology: bece, or boc, Saxon.

    Black was the forest, thick with beech it stood. Dryden.

    Nor is that sprightly wildness in their notes,
    Which, clear and vigorous, warbles from the beech. James Thomson, Spring.


  1. Beech

    Beech (Fagus) is a genus of deciduous trees in the family Fagaceae, native to temperate Europe, Asia, and North America. Recent classifications recognize 10 to 13 species in two distinct subgenera, Engleriana and Fagus. The Engleriana subgenus is found only in East Asia, distinctive for its low branches, often made up of several major trunks with yellowish bark. The better known Fagus subgenus beeches are high-branching with tall, stout trunks and smooth silver-grey bark. The European beech (Fagus sylvatica) is the most commonly cultivated. Beeches are monoecious, bearing both male and female flowers on the same plant. The small flowers are unisexual, the female flowers borne in pairs, the male flowers wind-pollinating catkins. They are produced in spring shortly after the new leaves appear. The fruit of the beech tree, known as beechnuts or mast, is found in small burrs that drop from the tree in autumn. They are small, roughly triangular, and edible, with a bitter, astringent, or mild and nut-like taste. The European species Fagus sylvatica yields a utility timber that is tough but dimensionally unstable. It is widely used for furniture framing and carcase construction, flooring and engineering purposes, in plywood, and household items like plates, but rarely as a decorative wood. The timber can be used to build chalets, houses, and log cabins. Beechwood also makes excellent firewood, easily split and burning for many hours with bright but calm flames. Slats of washed beech wood are spread around the bottom of fermentation tanks for Budweiser beer. Beech logs are burned to dry the malt used in some German smoked beers. Beech is also used to smoke Westphalian ham, andouille sausage, and some cheeses.


  1. beech

    A beech is a type of large hardwood tree belonging to the genus Fagus, typically characterized by smooth, gray bark, and bearing small, edible nuts. They are native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. The term "beech" can also refer to the wood of this tree, which is used for various purposes including flooring, furniture, and fuel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beechnoun

    a tree of the genus Fagus


  1. Beech

    Beech is a genus of eleven accepted species of deciduous trees in the family Fagaceae, native to temperate Europe, Asia and North America. F. sylvatica is the most commonly cultivated, although there are few important differences between species aside from detail elements such as leaf shape. Beeches are large trees that may exceed 35 meters in height and 1.5 metres in diameter at breast height. The southern beeches previously thought closely related to beeches, are now treated as members of a separate family, Nothofagaceae. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Argentina and Chile. The leaves of beech trees are entire or sparsely toothed, from 5–15 cm long and 4–10 cm broad. Beeches are monoecious, bearing both male and female flowers on the same plant. The small flowers are unisexual, the female flowers borne in pairs, the male flowers wind-pollinating catkins. They are produced in spring shortly after the new leaves appear. The bark is smooth and light grey. The fruit is a small, sharply three–angled nut 10–15 mm long, borne singly or in pairs in soft-spined husks 1.5–2.5 cm long, known as cupules. The nuts are edible, though bitter with a high tannin content, and are called beechnuts or beechmast.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beech

    bēch, n. a common forest tree with smooth silvery-looking bark and small edible nuts.—adj. Beech′en.—ns. Beech′-mast, the mast or nuts of the beech-tree, which yield a valuable oil; Beech′-oil, oil expressed from the nuts of the beech-tree. [A.S. bóece, béce; Ger. buche, L. fagus, Gr. phēgos—from root of phag-ein, to eat.]

Editors Contribution

  1. beech

    A type of cultivar, plant, seed and tree created and cultivated in various species.

    Beech trees are cultivated in various countries around the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 2, 2016  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BEECH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Beech is ranked #7955 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Beech surname appeared 4,160 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Beech.

    86.8% or 3,614 total occurrences were White.
    7.9% or 330 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 98 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 61 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 41 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 16 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beech in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beech in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of beech in a Sentence

  1. The FDA:

    Beech-Nut is concerned about the ability to consistently obtain rice flour well-below the FDA guidance level and Beech-Nut specifications for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.

  2. The FDA:

    Beech-Nut has also decided to exit the market for Beech-Nut branded Single Grain Rice Cereal.

  3. Jason Jacobs:

    The safety of infants and children is Beech-Nut's top priority. We are issuing this voluntary recall, because we learned through routine sampling by the State of Alaska that a limited quantity of Beech-Nut Single Grain Rice Cereal products had levels of naturally-occurring inorganic arsenic above the FDA guidance level, even though the rice flour used to produce these products tested below the FDA guidance level for inorganic arsenic.

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