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river birch

a tree, Betula nigra, of the eastern U.S., having papery, reddish-brown bark that peels away.
Also called red birch.
Origin of river birch
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Outside of Indiana it is known as red birch and river birch.

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam
  • The range of river birch is less extensive than that of the other important eastern birches, yet it is by no means limited.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

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