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    • n Fagus beeches
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fagus A genus of trees, of the natural order Cupuliferæ, differing from the oak and chestnut in having the staminate flowers in small heads, and two triangular nuts in the prickly involucre or bur. There are 15 species, divided into two sections. One is the beech of the northern hemisphere, including the very closely related species F. sylvatica of Europe, F. ferruginea of North America, and F. Sieboldi of Japan. (See beech.) The other group is peculiar to the southern hemisphere, and is marked by small and often evergreen leaves and by a much smaller fruit. Six species are natives of Chili and Patagonia, and as many more are found in Tasmania and New Zealand. The Tasmania myrtle, F. Cunninghami, grows to a very great size, and its brown, satiny, and beautifully marked wood is used for cabinet-work. The tawhai of New Zealand, F. Solandri, also known as white or black birch, is a lofty, handsome evergreen tree with hard and very durable wood. Its bark is used in tanning.
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In literature:

Then follow the Pinus Sylv., Betula Alba, Quercus Robur, and the Fagus Sylvaticus.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
The barangan (a species of fagus) resembles the chestnut.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Fagus sylvatioa (Common Beech) .
"Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury" by J. Randall
Fagus sylvatica has been by all odds longest in cultivation and many varieties are known.
"Northern Nut Growers Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-First Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Growing on the outer surface of the bark of Acer, Fagus, etc.
"The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio" by A. P. Morgan
Fagus sylvatica (Beech) and varieties.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook