beech /biːtʃ/


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’.

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