Definition of quickbeam in English:



  • another term for mountain ash (sense 1)
    • ‘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.’


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