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.
beech (plural beeches)
- A tree of the genus Fagus having a smooth, light grey trunk, oval, pointed leaves and many branches.
- The wood of the beech tree.