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beech mast

the edible nuts of the beech, especially when lying on the ground.
Origin of beech mast
1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Of course, I take nuts and beech-mast and acorns, when they fall; and I admit that I am a regular whale for fir-cones.

  • The pigeons came only when there was beech-mast in the woods.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • Buckwheat (Bucheweizen) derives its name from the similarity of its angular seeds to beech-mast.

  • They had come to rent the beech-mast district in the Tordona forests.

  • Beech-nuts—or beech-mast, as it is called—are eaten by many animals.

    Miscellanea Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • Beech often appears in compounds as Buck-; cf. buckwheat, so called because the grains are of the shape of beech-mast.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • At the end of autumn, and in winter, most of them withdraw into the woods where they feed on beech-mast, nuts and acorns.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume VI (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
  • beech-mast rather increased than appeased his hunger; and nothing came in view that could be shot.

    Cedar Creek Elizabeth Hely Walshe
  • Its chief food is the beech-mast; but it also lives on acorns, and grain of all sorts—especially rice.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Hogs eat acorns and beech-mast greedily, and so far thrive on this food that it is an easy matter to fatten them afterwards.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings

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