Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small Old World tree, Pyrus Aria, having the under side of its foliage, as well as the young twigs and inflorescence, clothed with silvery down. See beam-tree.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The common beam tree of England (Pyrus Aria); -- so called from the white, woolly under surface of the leaves.
- white (“(from the color of the leaves, when emergent and later the undersides)”) + beam (“tree”) – see Old English bēam. (Wiktionary)
“In the artificial limestone pavement of the quarries, native whitebeam had sprung up, and we found a lime kiln hidden in the trees.”
“Vine Parthenocissus himalayana and clematis Clematis montana are also common and other low altitude trees include maple Acer campbellii and whitebeam Sorbus cuspidata.”
“Then, whereas the day was very calm and fair, and the dame had given her holiday, she wandered about the eyot, and most in a little wood of berry-trees, as quicken and whitebeam and dog-wood, and sported with the birds, who feared her not, but came and sat on her shoulders, and crept about her feet.”
““How red the whitebeam berries are!” he murmured, not knowing why.”
“He remembered that just under the window there were several thick and high bushes of elder and whitebeam.”
“At last he came to a bank of beautiful shrubs; whitebeam, with its great silver-backed leaves, and mountain ash, and oak; and below them cliff and crag, cliff and crag, with great beds of crown ferns and wood sedge; while through the shrubs he could see the stream sparkling, and hear it murmur on the white pebbles.”
“Flashing like the whitebeam, swaying like the reed.”
“Flashing as in gusts the sudden-lighted whitebeam:”
“So came they nigh to the crown of the bent, and before them were the oak-trees sparser and smaller as they went down the further side, which seemed by their sudden shortening to be steeper than the hither side; and betwixt them showed the topmost of thorn and whitebeam and logwood, intertwined with eglantine and honeysuckle and the new shoots of the traveller's joy.”
“Avon Gorge is home to two species of tree - the Bristol and Wilmott's whitebeam - found nowhere else on the planet.”
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