Origin of beechMiddle English beche ; from Old English boece, bece: see book
- any of a genus (Fagus) of trees of the beech family, with smooth, gray bark, hard wood, dark-green leaves, and edible three-cornered nuts
- the wood of the trees of this genus
- a. Any of various deciduous trees of the genus Fagus having smooth gray bark, alternate simple leaves, and three-sided nuts enclosed in prickly burs, including F. sylvatica of Europe and its many cultivated forms, and F. grandifolia of eastern North America.b. The wood of any of these trees, used for flooring, containers, plywood, and tool handles.
- See southern beech.
Origin of beechMiddle English beche, from Old English bēce; see bhāgo- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English beche, from Old English bēċe, from Proto-Germanic *bōkijǭ (compare Dutch beuk, German Buche, Danish bøg), from Proto-Germanic *bōks (“beech; book”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂ǵos (“beech tree”), same source as Latin fāgus (“beech”), Russian бузина (buziná, “elder”), Ancient Greek φηγός (phēgos, “oak”). More at book.