Variant of birch
- any of a genus (Betula) of trees and shrubs of the birch family, having smooth bark easily peeled off in thin sheets, and hard, closegrained wood: found in northern climates
- the wood of any of these trees
- a birch rod or bunch of twigs used for whipping
Origin: ME birche < OE beorc < IE base *bhereĝ-, to gleam, white > bright
- designating a family (Betulaceae, order Fagales) of dicotyledonous shrubs and trees, including the hazels, alders, and hornbeams
- of birchalso birchen
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