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Beach vs beech

A beach is an area of sand or pebbles that exists beside a body of water, especially an ocean. A beach may also be beside a lake or river. Beach may also be used as a verb to mean to run a boat up on the shore, or to describe an aquatic animal which has become stranded on the shore. Related words are beaches, beached, beaching. Beach comes from the Old English words bæce and bece, which mean brook or stream.

A beech is a species of tree that has smooth, gray bark and glossy leaves. The fruit of the beech tree is called the beechnut, and is a source of food for many wild birds and animals. Beech trees are found in Australia, Asia, North America, South America and Europe. Beech comes from the Old English word bēce.


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Examples

Here are four terrific SoCal beach communities that for various reasons have yet to lose their connection to the real world — and why you should pay them a visit before it’s all gone. (The Huffington Post)

Beach businesses and patrons upset with laws meant to crack down on the rite of spring have been suing the city, accusing local lawmakers of illegal and prejudiced actions, which they blame on Fox News coverage. (The Washington Post)

That’s because, as of Tuesday, possession of an open container of alcohol in the central commercial area of Pensacola Beach — except on the sandy beach itself — is against the law. (The Pensacola News-Journal)

The sight of a beached whale at the Rambah shoreline caused a commotion among the locals here today. (The New Straits Times)

“You might be lucky enough (and if you have the patience) to see the old squirrel that hangs around the big beech tree in the corner of the field. (The Bastrop Daily Enterprise)

A dying 130-year-old, 65-foot European beech tree stands out of place in a large dirt box in the paved parking lot of the Southbridge Credit Union at 155 Main St. (The Worcester Telegram)

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