beech

Definitions

  • Blue Beech. Water Beech
    Blue Beech. Water Beech
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n beech 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 beech wood of any of various beech trees; used for flooring and containers and plywood and tool handles
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Beech. White Beech Beech. White Beech

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A person standing under an oak tree is 16 more times liable to be hit by lightning than if he had taken refuge beneath a beech tree. The oak tree has vertical roots which provide a more direct route to ground water.
    • n Beech (Bot) A tree of the genus Fagus.☞ It grows to a large size, having a smooth bark and thick foliage, and bears an edible triangular nut, of which swine are fond. The Fagus sylvatica is the European species, and the Fagus ferruginea that of America.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beech A tree of the genus Fagus, natural order Cupuliferœ. The common or European beech, F. sylvatica, grows to a large size, with branches forming a beautiful head with thick foliage. The bark is smooth and of a silvery cast. The nuts or mast are eaten by swine, poultry, oxen, and other animals, and yield a good oil for lamps. The timber is not much used in building, as it soon rots in damp places, but it is used for piles in places where it is constantly wet. It is manufactured into a great variety of tools, for which it is fitted on account of its great hardness, toughness, and close, uniform texture, and is also used to some extent in making furniture, taking a beautiful polish and varying much in color. Several ornamental varieties are frequently seen, as the red beech and copper beech with colored leaves, and the fern-leafed beech with divided leaves. The American beech, F. ferruginea, is a very similar tree, sometimes 100 feet in height and 3 or 4 feet in diameter.
    • n beech Obsolete spelling of beach.
    • n beech 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Beech bēch a common forest tree with smooth silvery-looking bark and small edible nuts
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. beche, AS. bce,; akin to D. beuk, OHG. buocha, G. buche, Icel. beyki, Dan. bög, Sw. bok, Russ. buk, L. fagus, Gr. , oak, , to eat, Skr. bhaksh,; the tree being named originally from the esculent fruit. See Book, and cf. 7th Buck Buckwheat
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bóece, béce; Ger. buche, L. fagus, Gr. phēgos—from root of phag-ein, to eat.

Usage

In literature:

I have promised Mrs. Grote to go down to the Beeches on Saturday, 29th, and shall only stay there till Monday, 31st.
"Records of Later Life" by Frances Ann Kemble
The beech trees were of great age, and the rising ground on each side had protected them from the prevailing winds.
"A Danish Parsonage" by John Fulford Vicary
They found a young beech-tree which had been blown down in some winter storm.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
Here the woods took another character: dark firs grew in the place of beeches and oaks.
"Fairy Tales from the German Forests" by Margaret Arndt
Our common forest-trees, as beech, maple, elm, or linden, will not flourish there.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Not too many beech, or I'd expect sand; with here and there a big pine and a handful of balsams.
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
I took a nap under the beech-trees there.
"The Old Willow Tree and Other Stories" by Carl Ewald
In a beech grove he has more liberty to run and leap.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
She is standing very close to the trunk of the old beech, half leaning against it upon one arm which is slightly raised.
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
They had come to rent the beech-mast district in the Tordona forests.
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
Far as the eye can see extends an avenue of beech, passing right through the forest.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
Beech trees appear at all elevations between 3,000 feet and the timberline.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
We had not advanced far down the pillared avenue of the beech trees, when suddenly we came in sight of Maisie Lennox.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
At last all worn out he threw himself down in the shade of a beech tree to rest.
"Czechoslovak Fairy Tales" by Parker Fillmore
A cool green twilight reigned in the room from the branches of the beeches which pressed close up to the pane.
"Gertrude's Marriage" by W. Heimburg
His horns raked white gashes in the beech tree forming one corner.
"Thy Rocks and Rills" by Robert Ernest Gilbert
He lay down in the park under a spreading beech-tree, and dreamed away the day.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
The Downs are almost without population, waterless and grass-covered, with patches of beech wood.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 4" by Various
Indeed, the beeches in that copse are as fine as any in Hertfordshire.
"The Celestial Omnibus and other Stories" by E. M. Forster
A common remedy, is to boil the bark of white oak, white pine, and beech, and give a strong infusion in bran.
"Domestic Animals" by Richard L. Allen
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In poetry:

The beeches keep
A stormy rest,
Breathing deep
Of wind from the west.
"Interval" by Edward Thomas
Yet when down these reaches
Swept with cold,
Scarce the wintry beeches
Durst be bold.
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
Once more the tall beeches,
The tangled ravine,
The long forest reaches,
The song in the green.
"The Drive" by Adam Gottlob Oehlenschlaeger
The maniac winds, divorcing
The turtle from his mate,
Raved through the leafy beeches,
And left them desolate.
"The Serenade" by William Cullen Bryant
Under the brindled beech,
Deep in the mottled shade,
Where the rocks hang in reach
Flower and ferny blade,
Let him be laid.
"Rest" by Madison Julius Cawein
From the elm's leafy loftiness,
The poplar soaring fair,
Ash, beech, the willow's bending grace,
The woodland goddess there
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Buckley trades fire hat for mayor's gavel : Service to Beech Grove residents motivates him.
Years ago, Dennis Buckley determined his life's mission: serving the residents of Beech Grove.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 2:30 pm at Beech Grove Baptist Church, Topside Road, Louisville.
412 NE Beech, Portland Northeast OR 97212.
DURING THE Great Depression , this sign dated March 1, 1933, was posted at the Wheeling Steel Beech Bottom plant.
Bernard Fietz (deceased) of Martins Ferry, worked at both the Beech Bottom and Martins Ferry plants in the 1930s and 1940s.
Photo by chapelhillbill.com Forrest running back Brandon Beech (3) scored three touchdowns versus Cascade last week and the Rockets need another strong performance this week from Beech if they want to defeat Moore County.
Seniors Brandon Beech (3) and Brooks Lamb (14) are exciting about the way things have been going under first-year coach Joe Moos and look to have big seasons for the Rockets.
Hardwoods like oak, beech, birch, ash, and black walnut score high on the BTU scale, which means they throw out the most heat for their volume.
HARTLEY , Lee Ellsworth, 74, of Wellsburg, passed away on November 21, 2012, at Valley Haven Geriatric Center, Beech Bottom, WV.
HARTLEY , Lee Ellsworth, 74, of Wellsburg passed away on November 21, 2012, at Valley Haven Geriatric Center, Beech Bottom, WV.
Station Camp-Beech squad falls big to defending champs Ravenwood 10-0.
Beech (Hendersonville, Tenn.) running back Jalen Hurd talks about his junior season, his top three and his recent visit to Knoxville with TideNation recruiting writer Greg Ostendorf.
Hit list found in Beech Grove HS.
Nothing can quite match the magnificence of the blazing maple, oak, beech and elm trees decorating Chautauqua County woodlands in the fall.
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In science:

Beech (1987) used the above area-perimeter relation for the optical boundary of 24 dark clouds and derived an average boundary dimension of 1.4, which suggests that clouds are fractal.
Cold Dark Clouds: The Initial Conditions for Star Formation
Beech 1992), although this procedure may only provide a lower limit to the true dimension (S´anchez, Alfaro & P´erez 2005).
Cold Dark Clouds: The Initial Conditions for Star Formation
Res. 41, 233-241. Cash, D., Beech, J.S., Rayne, R.C., Bath, P.M., Meldrum, B.S., Williams, S.C., 2001. Neuroprotective effect of aminoguanidine on transient focal ischaemia in the rat brain.
Neuroprotective efficacy of nimesulide against hippocampal neuronal damage following transient forebrain ischemia
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