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( fə-gāshəs )


adj. Botany. [< Mod. L. fagaceae name of the family < fagus see BEECH]

Of the beech family of plants; beech, oak, chestnut.

Pertaining to a large family, fagaceae of trees and shrubs having alternate simple leaves, sterile flowers, one cell, one-seeded nuts, the beech family.


  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Funk and Wagnall's Standard Dictionary, Comprehensive International Edition, ©1976
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