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Princeton's WordNet

  1. birchnoun

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

  2. birch, birch treenoun

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

  3. birch, birch rodadjective

    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, birkenverb

    consisting of or made of wood of the birch tree

  5. birchverb

    whip with a birch twig


  1. birchnoun

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

  2. birchnoun

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

  3. birchnoun

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

  4. birchverb

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

  5. birchverb

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

  6. Etymology: 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. Birchnoun

    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. Birchnoun

    the wood or timber of the birch

  3. Birchnoun

    a birch twig or birch twigs, used for flogging

  4. Birchnoun

    a birch-bark canoe

  5. Birchadjective

    of or pertaining to the birch; birchen

  6. Birchverb

    to whip with a birch rod or twig; to flog


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Birch

    bėrch, n. a hardy forest-tree, with smooth, white bark and very durable wood: a rod for punishment, consisting of a birch twig or twigs.—adjs. Birch, Birch′en, made of birch. [A.S. berc, bierce; Ice. björk, Sans. bhūrja.]

Editors Contribution

  1. birch

    A type of cultivar, plant, tree and seed.

    Birch trees are grown for the hardwood and some for their beauty, flowers and fruit.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 6, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Birch in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Birch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Birch in a Sentence

  1. Louis Forsyth:

    Diana Birch went to hospital for corrective surgery and left with a life-changing injury from which Diana Birch will never recover, diana Birch led an incredibly full and active life prior to Diana Birch injury ; setting up addiction treatment and rehabilitation units in Afghanistan, hiking, dancing and training in Judo among other pastimes and pursuits.

  2. Native American Prayer:

    And the wind said May you be as strong as the oak, yet flexible as the birch may you stand as tall as the redwood, live gracefully as the willow and may you always bear fruit all your days on this earth.

  3. Icelandic Forest Service Directorrstur Eysteinsson:

    To see the forests growing to see that were actually doing some good is a very rewarding thing. A very satisfying thing, knowing which trees to plant is actually harder than youd think. We plant about three million seedlings per year in Iceland. Most people have simply, until now, you use what you have. Here in Iceland, its the native birch. [You] plant them and you expect that they grow. And then, the climate changes.

  4. Jonathan Loar:

    One reason is that Gandharan scrolls, like the one at the Library of Congress, were typically buried in terra cotta jars and interred in a stupa, a dome-shaped structure often containing Buddhist texts or relics, another reason is that the relatively high, arid climate of the Gandharan region helps preserve materials like manuscripts on birch bark.

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