• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Beech-mast the mast or nuts of the beech-tree, which yield a valuable oil
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bóece, béce; Ger. buche, L. fagus, Gr. phēgos—from root of phag-ein, to eat.


In literature:

Pigs, deer, poultry, &c., are turned into beech-woods to fatten on the mast.
"Miscellanea" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
But their staple food is the beech-nut, or "mast," as it is called.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
Beech-masts pattered down, startling the stillness as with a sudden dropping of thunder rain.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
We had gathered the mast from the beech-tree and roasted it.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
We still call the fruit of beech, beech-masts, but do not apply the name to the acorn.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
The pigeons came only when there was beech-mast in the woods.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
Beech-mast rather increased than appeased his hunger; and nothing came in view that could be shot.
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
She had already collected a good deal of beech-mast.
"The Old Willow Tree and Other Stories" by Carl Ewald
They had come to rent the beech-mast district in the Tordona forests.
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
Swine formed at this time a most important portion of the live stock, finding plenty of oak and beech mast to eat.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
The ground was strewn with acorns and beech mast and horse-chestnuts, quite worth picking up.
"For the School Colours" by Angela Brazil
Mast is the fruit of beech and forest trees, food for swine.
"Sheffield and its Environs 13th to the 17th century" by Thomas Walter Hall
They migrate from place to place, and feed on hemp, rape, and other seeds, young shoots of plants, berries, beech-mast, acorns, and grain.
"Nests and Eggs of Familiar British Birds, Second Series" by Henry Gardiner Adams