Beech mast

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the nuts of the beech, esp. as they lie under the trees, in autumn.

See also: Beech

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"Thus then were they shut up squealing, and Circe threw them some acorns and beech masts such as pigs eat, but Eurylochus hurried back to tell me about the sad fate of our comrades.
When this feeding occurred in combination with good oak and beech mast years, there was a clear increase in the numbers of wild boars hunted in the subsequent year.
In these areas, trees were generally either protected by law or kept for fuel-wood or fodder, including acorns or beech mast.