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birch beer

a carbonated or fermented drink containing an extract from the bark of the birch tree.
Compare root beer.
Origin of birch beer
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • birch beer is made of its aromatic sap and wintergreen oil is extracted from the leaves.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • Rene did not like the sagamity, but the cakes were good and the birch beer was fine she thought.

    A Little Girl in Old St. Louis

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • What we call root beer and birch beer, and a drink flavored with the chips of the hickory tree, were made in New England.

  • Root beer and birch beer, and tea and coffee, were good things in one way.

  • Also she made him sell iced lemonade and birch beer, which was well for the corduroy waistcoat pocket.

    In the Arena Booth Tarkington
  • Albany can be distinctly seen with a glass—a field glass, I mean, not a glass of birch beer.

    A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye

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