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[bur-chuh n] /ˈbɜr tʃən/
of or relating to birch.
made or consisting of birch:
birchen furniture.
Origin of birchen
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at birch, -en2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I have still the flavour, Soft as spring wind that's come from birchen bowers.

    Canzoni & Ripostes Ezra Pound
  • The birchen canoes were pierced, and in the excitement many were capsized.

    Indian Boyhood [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • Espying the bright fountain near at hand, she hastened thither, and scooped up a portion of its water, in a cup of birchen bark.

    The Man of Adamant Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The heat from the birchen logs and the sizzling jack-pine penetrated her.

    The Peace of Roaring River George van Schaick
  • I said to my Indian, and swept the birchen craft out into the deep and steady current.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • The sun was intensely hot in the enclosed valley, and we found the shade of the birchen groves very grateful.

    Northern Travel Bayard Taylor
  • But I laughed at him and saw his broad paddle stab the water, and the birchen craft shoot out among the reeds.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • When he had reached the shore he went up into a birchen copse, and made the lions lie quiet.

    East of the Sun and West of the Moon Peter Christen Asbjrnsen
  • In those days the lazy waters of the Loire flowed midst osier-beds and birchen thickets, since removed for purposes of navigation.

  • Better by far it seemed to me had the wolves taken my life, or I had been burnt as a birchen tree.

Word Origin and History for birchen

mid-15c., from birch (n.) + -en (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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