paper birch


: a North American birch (Betula papyrifera) with peeling white bark and toothed ovate leaves

Examples of paper birch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paras, his father, and his lawyer walked across the street from the prosecutor’s office into a small park of paper birch trees in front of the Anchorage Museum. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 The area around Smith Falls — which is now a state park, but was once the homestead of its namesake, Frederic Smith — still hosts ice age flora not found elsewhere in Nebraska, including paper birches and aspens. Carrie Dennis, Travel + Leisure, 26 Feb. 2023 As summers and winters become warmer, experts predict animals, including moose and the state bird, the loon, along with species of the vast northern forests like paper birch, quaking aspen, balsam fir, and black spruce, will shift northward into Canada. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Aug. 2022 Years later, Suzanne Simard, then an ecologist with the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, demonstrated two-way carbon transfer in a forest between young Douglas fir and paper birch trees. Gabriel Popkin, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2022 The terrain was becoming rockier now, with paper birch and spruce trees replacing the canopy of sugar maples and yellow birch. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 10 Mar. 2021 Drift through lush forests of spruce and paper birch before docking near your own private island. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 28 Jan. 2021 My arborist has proposed chipping larger branches on my paper birch that have died. oregonlive, 5 Dec. 2021 My paper birch tree has had bronze birch borer for several years. oregonlive, 5 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paper birch was in 1791

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“Paper birch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

paper birch

: a North American birch with white bark that peels off the tree easily

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