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birch

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noun \ˈbərch\

Simple Definition of birch

  • : a type of tree that has outer bark which can be pulled off easily

  • : the hard, pale wood of the birch

  • the birch : the punishment of being hit with a birch stick

Full Definition of birch

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Betula of the family Betulaceae, the birch family) of monoecious deciduous trees or shrubs having simple petioled leaves and typically a layered membranous outer bark that peels readily

  2. 2 :  the hard pale close-grained wood of a birch

  3. 3 :  a birch rod or bundle of twigs for flogging

birch or birch·en play \ˈbər-chən\ adjective

Examples of birch

  1. a cabinet made of birch

  2. In those days, schoolchildren got the birch when they misbehaved.



Origin of birch

Middle English, from Old English beorc; akin to Old High German birka birch, Old English beorht bright, and probably to Latin fraxinus ash tree — more at bright


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with birch


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birch

verb

Definition of birch

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to beat with or as if with a birch :  whip



Examples of birch

  1. <students at the private school were once routinely birched for violating the rules>

  2. <always a stern disciplinarian, our father birched anyone who talked back>



1830

First Known Use of birch

1830




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