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- another term for mountain ash (sense 1)
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Old English, apparently from quick (although the sense of the adjective is unclear) + beam.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.