Definition of beech in US English:

beech

noun

  • A large tree with smooth gray bark, glossy leaves, and hard, pale, fine-grained timber. Its fruit, the beechnut, is an important food for numerous wild birds and mammals.

    Genera Fagus (of the north temperate zone) and Notofagus (the southern beeches, of Australasia and South America), family Fagaceae: many species, especially the common American beech (F. grandifolia) and the European beech (F. sylvatica)

    • ‘Draco leaned his bare back carefully against the rough bark of the beech tree staring up at the moon and the brilliant twinkling stars.’
    • ‘By the time Ryan had reached it, Melanie was still struggling to get the low twigs of the beeches to let go of her hair.’
    • ‘The house was large, set in 200 acres of virgin forest filled with magnificent beeches and yews, and roamed by many kinds of wildlife, including deer.’
    • ‘Framed by birch and beech, the Foss is a beautiful 67 ft waterfall in the trees.’
    • ‘We would like to buy a piece of forest in White Carpathian Mountains, consisting mainly of spruce, beeches and firs.’
    • ‘Deep within the forest there was a tree, a beech tree, tall and strong in its prime with a huge girth and limbs as thick as ten men's arms.’
    • ‘Nestled amid those trails and orange red maples, oaks, beeches and birches was the Lost River.’
    • ‘Usually the hearths are located at meadows or clearings near cold pure mountain streams or springs under the thick shadows of beeches and oaks.’
    • ‘Suppose you are like me and cannot tell an elm tree from a beech tree.’
    • ‘Soon after I was judged old enough to accompany the adults on squirrel hunts, my grandfather led me to a huge beech tree on a little branch of the creek.’
    • ‘It is always sad to lose mature trees, and while we hope to have saved a third, we are replacing the two felled trees with three new beeches.’
    • ‘The oak tree across the road from my study window is practically bare but the beeches and hazels behind it are still fully leafed in gleaming yellow and the horse chestnut is largely green even now.’
    • ‘Oaks, sycamores and beeches dotted well-tended lawns bordered by tarmacked paths and signposted at every junction.’
    • ‘The woods there are thick, mostly high maples and beeches whose leafy crowns create a canopy overhead.’
    • ‘There she saw a beech tree surrounded by towering, impressive oaks.’
    • ‘The sun was breaking through the beeches, making every leaf a light.’
    • ‘A male great spotted wood-pecker has made regular early morning visits to a nearby towering beech.’
    • ‘The road rises to pass through mature beech woods (look out for deer) and descends to meet the river again at Stepping Stones.’
    • ‘Magnolias, elms, and beeches shade the estate.’
    • ‘After consultation with a resident, a beech tree was successfully pruned to reduce overhang.’

Origin

Old English bēce, of Germanic origin; related to Latin fagus ‘beech’, Greek phagos ‘edible oak’.

Pronunciation

beech

/bēCH//bitʃ/