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yellow birch

a North American birch, Betula alleghaniensis (or B. lutea), having yellowish or silvery gray bark.
the hard, light, reddish-brown wood of this tree, used in the construction of furniture, buildings, boxes, etc.
Origin of yellow birch
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Against the southern horizon shone the yellow birch of a wigwam.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • Beside the white lilac, there was a great elm and a yellow birch.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • Why, the yellow birch has grown as much as I have; it is quite a fat tree.

    Fernley House Laura E. Richards
  • Frequently such a plot is covered with yellow birch seedlings.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The sapwood in its natural color resembles the sapwood of yellow birch.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • I was also struck by the bright yellow tints of the yellow birch.

    Excursions and Poems

    Henry David Thoreau
  • The best wood for it is the body of a yellow birch, and, next to that, a green balsam.

    Fisherman's Luck Henry van Dyke
  • The yellow birch shows gleams of yellow under every rent in its gray, silky, frayed-out surface.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The forest on the intervale between the stream and the mountain was mainly of spruce, basswood, yellow birch and a few firs.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • They are the natural home of the black and yellow birch, which grow here to unusual size.

    A Year in the Fields John Burroughs

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