birch

noun
\ ˈbərch How to pronounce birch (audio) \

Definition of birch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : the hard pale close-grained wood of a birch
3 : a birch rod or bundle of twigs for flogging

birch

verb
birched; birching; birches

Definition of birch (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to beat with or as if with a birch : whip

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Other Words from birch

Noun

birch or birchen \ ˈbər-​chən How to pronounce birchen (audio) \ adjective

Examples of birch in a Sentence

Noun

a cabinet made of birch In those days, schoolchildren got the birch when they misbehaved.

Verb

students at the private school were once routinely birched for violating the rules always a stern disciplinarian, our father birched anyone who talked back
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

What a shame about your birch tree leaves turning brown. oregonlive.com, "Can household vinegar kill dandelions? Ask an expert," 17 Aug. 2019 Over the last few years ago, Kennedy, former president of Marion County Master Gardeners, lost a maple, then a birch, then a dogwood, and then another maple in yard. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: The sun is a blessing and a curse in the garden," 1 Aug. 2019 Think, think, think under chestnut and silver birch trees. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "Visit the real-life forests that inspired these famous books," 15 Apr. 2019 My lindens, birches and other JB favorites remain intact as well. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Readers share observations about fireflies and the dreaded Japanese beetles," 3 Aug. 2019 The modern cabin has a simple truss frame, two walls of windows, birch wood floors, and a small front deck. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Drop this dreamy prefab cabin wherever you like," 7 Aug. 2018 Fall, with brilliant colors adorning the larch, aspen, birch, cottonwood and other trees, is delightful as well. John Briley, Washington Post, "Better than Banff? In British Columbia, Nelson is a contender," 20 June 2019 Among trees listed on the plans are maples, birch, ginkgoes, white firs and white pine, along with such ornamentals as redbud, dogwood, magnolia and lilacs. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn factory plan calls for hundreds of trees surrounding concrete and metal walls," 17 June 2019 Oaks are the number one choice, followed by willow, cherry, birch, crabapple, maple, pine, hickory, hawthorn and spruce, in descending order. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "What other native trees should I plant?," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of birch

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for birch

Noun

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

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The first known use of birch was before the 12th century

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birch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of birch

: a type of tree that has outer bark which can be pulled off easily
: the hard, pale wood of the birch
British : the punishment of being hit with a birch stick

birch

noun
\ ˈbərch How to pronounce birch (audio) \

Kids Definition of birch

: a tree with hard wood and a smooth bark that can be peeled off in thin layers

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