Birch definition

bûrch
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To beat with a birch.
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The hard, close-grained wood of any of these trees, used especially in furniture, interior finishes, and plywood.
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A rod from a birch, used to administer a whipping.
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Any of various deciduous trees or shrubs of the genus Betula, native to the Northern Hemisphere and having unisexual flowers in catkins, alternate, simple, toothed leaves, and bark that often peels in thin papery layers.
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Any of various trees of the genus Betula, native to countries in the Northern Hemisphere.
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A hard wood taken from the birch tree, typically used to make furniture.
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A stick, rod or bundle of twigs made from birch wood, used for punishment.
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A birch-bark canoe.
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To punish with a stick, bundle of twigs, or rod made of birch wood.
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To punish as though one were using a stick, bundle of twigs, or rod made of birch wood.
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To whip with or as if with a birch.
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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.
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The wood of any of these trees.
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A birch rod or bunch of twigs used for whipping.
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Designating a family (Betulaceae, order Fagales) of dicotyledonous shrubs and trees, including the hazels, alders, and hornbeams.
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Of birch.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
birch
Plural:
birches

Origin of birch

  • Middle English from Old English birce bherəg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English birche, birk, from Old English birce, bierce, from Proto-Germanic *birkijǭ (compare West Frisian bjirk, German Birke), variant of *berkō (compare Dutch berk, Swedish björk), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰérHǵos (compare Lithuanian béržas, Czech bříza, Ossetian бӕрз (bærz), Russian береза (bereza)).

    From Wiktionary