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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Beech  \Beech\,  n.;  pl  {Beeches}.  [OE.  beche,  AS  b?ce;  akin  to 
  D.  beuk,  OHG.  buocha  G.  buche,  Icel.  beyki  Dan.  b["o]g,  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}.]  (Bot.) 
  A  tree  of  the  genus  {Fagus}. 
 
  Note:  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  {F.  ferruginea}  that  of 
  America. 
 
  {Beech  drops}  (Bot.),  a  parasitic  plant  which  grows  on  the 
  roots  of  beeches  ({Epiphegus  Americana}). 
 
  {Beech  marten}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  stone  marten  of  Europe 
  ({Mustela  foina}). 
 
  {Beech  mast},  the  nuts  of  the  beech,  esp.  as  they  lie  under 
  the  trees,  in  autumn. 
 
  {Beech  oil},  oil  expressed  from  the  mast  or  nuts  of  the  beech 
  tree. 
 
  {Cooper  beech},  a  variety  of  the  European  beech  with 
  copper-colored,  shining  leaves. 




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