from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A deciduous tree of the genus Fagus having smooth gray bark, alternate simple leaves, and three-angled nuts enclosed in prickly burs. The best-known species are F. grandifolia of eastern North America and the European species F. sylvatica and its numerous cultivated forms.
- n. The wood of any of these trees, used for flooring, containers, plywood, and tool handles.
- n. Any of several other woody plants, as in the genera Carpinus and Nothofagus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tree of the genus Fagus having a smooth, light grey trunk, oval, pointed leaves and many branches.
- n. The wood of the beech tree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tree of the genus Fagus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tree of the genus Fagus, natural order Cupuliferœ.
- n. Obsolete spelling of beach.
- n. Any one of several trees of different genera having a real or fancied resemblance to the true beeches; especially, Cryptocarya glaucescens, of the laurel family. Also called she-beech and black beech.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several large deciduous trees with rounded spreading crowns and smooth grey bark and small sweet edible triangular nuts enclosed in burs; north temperate regions
- n. wood of any of various beech trees; used for flooring and containers and plywood and tool handles
Middle English beche, from Old English bēce.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English beche, from Old English bēċe, from Proto-Germanic *bōkijōn (compare Dutch beuk, German Buche, Danish bøg), from Proto-Germanic *bōks 'beech; book'. More at book. (Wiktionary)