yellow birch


Definition of yellow birch

: a large birch (Betula alleghaniensis synonym B. lutea) of chiefly eastern North America with thin lustrous gray or yellow bark forming plates with ragged edges in older trees also : its strong hard dark brown to reddish-brown wood

Examples of yellow birch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Naked hardwoods including red oak, basswood and yellow birch mix with the evergreens. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mirror Lake's Fern Dell Gorge is a winter wonderland," 11 Jan. 2018 Sure, the pretty yellow birch leaves are now matted and wet on the ground. Author: Alli Harvey, Alaska Dispatch News, "Winter is coming to Alaska, and some of us couldn’t be happier," 12 Oct. 2017 But the development remains modest and small-scale — which means the mosaicked forests of sugar maple and yellow birch, gently rolling fields of wildflowers and thriving population of bald eagles still remain at the heart of Sullivan County. Brett Berk, New York Times, "What to Do (and Where to Stay) in the Western Catskills," 30 Aug. 2017 This tract of land filled with sugar maple, American beech and yellow birch trees and 1,800 acres of wetlands is a part of a state plan to connect three forest preserve areas. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "Upstate New York’s Bid to Revive Tourism Industry Runs Into Opposition," 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of yellow birch

1774, in the meaning defined above

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“Yellow birch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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