I. 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. 2. (also beechwood) [ mass noun] — the hard, pale fine-grained timber of the beech. • a worktop in solid beech.
– origin Old English bēce, of Germanic origin; related to Latin fagus ‘beech’, Greek phagos ‘edible oak’.