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Old English bēċe, from Germanic *bōkjōn, a derivative of *bōkō, from Indo-European *bhagos. Cognate with Dutch beuk, German Buche, Swedish bok; and with Greek φηγός ‘oak’, Latin fagus ‘beech’, Russian бузина ‘elder (tree)’. Compare buckwheat, book.
- Rhymes: -iːtʃ
- Homophones: beach
- A tree of the genus Fagus having a smooth, light grey trunk, oval, pointed leaves and many branches.
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