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birken

[bur-kuh n; Scot. bir-kuh n]
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adjective Scot. and North England.
  1. birchen; birch.

Origin of birken

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at birk, -en2
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Historical Examples

  • He turned again to Birken, who still retreated toward the ship.

    Exile

    Horace Brown Fyfe

  • Birken showed no more change of expression than if the other had commented on the weather.

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    Horace Brown Fyfe

  • Would Birken listen if he tried reasoning, he asked himself.

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    Horace Brown Fyfe

  • Long before the buildings of Kinton's institute came into view, they received a radio message about Birken.

    Exile

    Horace Brown Fyfe

  • Seeing that no one ran after him, Birken slowed his pace, but kept walking toward the ship.

    Exile

    Horace Brown Fyfe