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European Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

European Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
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European Beech
(Fagus sylvatica)

The European Beech is one of a large family of about a thousand species, mostly trees, which grow all over the non-tropical parts of the world. Only a few are native to northern temperate regions.

'Fagus' is derived from a Latin word for 'eating', because the seeds of the tree are edible. 'Sylvatica' is also Latin and means 'of the woods'.

The word 'beech' is an Anglo-Saxon derivation and is in many North-west European languages synonymous with the word 'book': 'bok' in Swedish, 'buche' in German, 'beuk' in Dutch, 'boece' in old English. This is due to the fact that in this part of the world beech wood was used to inscribe runes and literature on, and so tablets and thin slices of Beech were probably the earliest European books within our present memory.

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