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1640s, American English, from birch (n.) + bark (n.). Old English had beorcrind.

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  • Then from his pocket he produced something which looked like a trumpet made of birchbark.

  • For that I had you stay here all day, making a birchbark basket.

    Tom Slade's Double Dare Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • But before Grace was picked up she saw Polly Jarley flash by in the birchbark.

    Wyn's Camping Days Amy Bell Marlowe
  • Out of a strip of birchbark the lad twisted a cup and gave the child to drink.

  • He called the doe and fawn beautifully by using a thin leaf of birchbark between two flattened sticks.

    Indian Boyhood [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • When a birchbark seam begins to part there's no power on earth that will hold it when the canoe is heavily loaded.

    Thomas Jefferson Brown James Oliver Curwood
  • It was of birchbark and Polly shot it along under the stroke of her paddle as though it had the weight of a feather.

    Wyn's Camping Days Amy Bell Marlowe
  • The natives strip the birchbark from the trees while it is still green, and cut it into long threads like vermicelli.

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