- Made from birch wood.
From Middle English birchen, birken, from Old English bircen, *biercen, beorcen (“made of birch, birchen”), from Proto-Germanic *birkīnaz (“made of birch”), equivalent to birch + -en. Cognate with Scots birken, birkin (“birchen”), Dutch berken (“birchen”), Low German berken (“birchen”), German birken (“birchen”).
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 of birchMiddle English birche ; from Old English beorc ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhereĝ-, to gleam, white from source bright
- designating a family (Betulaceae, order Fagales) of dicotyledonous shrubs and trees, including the hazels, alders, and hornbeams
- of birchalso birchen