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[bur-kuh n; Scot. bir-kuh n] /ˈbɜr kən; Scot. ˈbɪr kən/
adjective, Scot. and North England.
birchen; birch.
Origin of birken
1250-1300; Middle English; see birk, -en2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Kinton had stepped forward six or eight paces, irritated despite his anxiety at the way birken persisted in drifting before him.

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

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

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

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  • Meanwhile, birken seemed eager to learn all Kinton could tell him about the planet, Tepokt.

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

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  • Kinton, without exactly seeing each, was aware of the general lines of flight diverging gradually to bracket the figure of birken.

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  • By the time his passengers had alighted, however, birken had drawn level with them, about fifty feet away.

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  • He decided that birken had not come close enough for that, and wondered if he was afraid of his own impending action.

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  • He gestured silently, and the constable trotted across the intervening ground to bend over birken.

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