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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

birchbɜrtʃ(n.)

  1. any tree or shrub of the genus Betula, comprising species with a smooth, laminated outer bark and close-grained wood.

    Category: Plants

  2. the wood itself.

    Category: Plants

  3. a birch rod, or a bundle of birch twigs, used for whipping.

  4. (adj.)Also, birch′en. of or made of birch.

    Category: Furniture

  5. (v.t.)to beat with or as if with a birch.

Origin of birch:

bef. 900; ME birche, OE birce

Princeton's WordNet

  1. birch(noun)

    hard close-grained wood of any of various birch trees; used especially in furniture and interior finishes and plywood

  2. birch, birch tree(noun)

    any betulaceous tree or shrub of the genus Betula having a thin peeling bark

  3. birch, birch rod(adj)

    a switch consisting of a twig or a bundle of twigs from a birch tree; used to hit people as punishment

    "my father never spared the birch"

  4. birch, birchen, birken(verb)

    consisting of or made of wood of the birch tree

  5. birch(verb)

    whip with a birch twig

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. birch(noun)ˈɝʧ

    a tree with light-colored bark that peels off

Wiktionary

  1. birch(Noun)

    any of various trees of the genus Betula, native to countries in the northern hemisphere.

  2. birch(Noun)

    a hard wood taken from the birch tree, typically used to make furniture.

  3. birch(Noun)

    a stick, rod or bundle of twigs made from birch wood, used for punishment.

  4. birch(Verb)

    to punish with a stick, bundle of twigs, or rod made of birch wood.

  5. birch(Verb)

    to punish as though one were using a stick, bundle of twigs, or rod made of birch wood.

  6. Origin: From birche, birk, from birce, bierce, from birkijōn (compare West Frisian bjirk, German Birke), variant of (compare Dutch berk, Swedish björk), from bʰérHǵos (compare Lithuanian beržas, Czech bříza, Ossetic bærz).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Birch(noun)

    a tree of several species, constituting the genus Betula; as, the white or common birch (B. alba) (also called silver birch and lady birch); the dwarf birch (B. glandulosa); the paper or canoe birch (B. papyracea); the yellow birch (B. lutea); the black or cherry birch (B. lenta)

  2. Birch(noun)

    the wood or timber of the birch

  3. Birch(noun)

    a birch twig or birch twigs, used for flogging

  4. Birch(noun)

    a birch-bark canoe

  5. Birch(adj)

    of or pertaining to the birch; birchen

  6. Birch(verb)

    to whip with a birch rod or twig; to flog

Freebase

  1. Birch

    Birch is a broadleaved deciduous hardwood tree of the genus Betula, in the family Betulaceae, which also includes alders, hazels, and hornbeams, and is closely related to the beech/oak family, Fagaceae. The genus Betula contains 30 to 60 known taxa of which 11 are on the IUCN 2011 Red List of Threatened Species. They are typically rather short-lived pioneer species widespread in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in northern temperate and boreal climates.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

birch(noun)

(also birch tree ) a kind of small tree with pointed leaves valued for its wood

That tree is a birch; (also adjective) birch leaves.

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