- any tree or shrub of the genus Betula, comprising species with a smooth, laminated outer bark and close-grained wood.Compare birch family.
- the wood itself.
- a birch rod, or a bundle of birch twigs, used especially for whipping.
- to beat or punish with or as if with a birch: The young ruffians were birched soundly by their teacher.
Origin of birch
Related Words for birchshaft, cylinder, cane, ingot, pin, baton, stick, slab, wedge, bat, bar, wand, club, rod, stalk, strip, truncheon, nightstick, pummel, overwhelm
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Contemporary Examples of birch
But you do not have a 50-foot birch lying across your driveway.
Wetlands protected under the “Clean Water Act of 1972” are being polluted with birch beer precursor chemicals.
It was Birch who took Gilbert and George to China, a trip on which Compston was invited, missed the plane, and came along later.Joshua Compston Was Once the Wunderkind of the British Art World…and Now He’s Been Practically Forgotten
January 17, 2014
Russians believe the best way to dry out from vodka saturation is with a sauna session and a beating with birch branches.The Wildest Hangover Cures From Around the World
November 29, 2013
Sustainable Cards uses a Nordic birch veneer, and then layers on a cellulosic paper structure.Wood Cards Are a Green Alternative to the Classic Plastic Gift Card
November 29, 2013
Historical Examples of birch
Captain Birch briefly responded on behalf of the Volunteers.Explorations in Australia
Out of it he drew a roll of birch bark painted with juice of poke-berries.The Trail Book
The general and Captain Birch were both wounded, early in the night.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
It was then that our captain took me aside, and he says, 'Birch, will you assist me?Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
But when he felt the blows of Munro, his spirit lay under the birch.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- any betulaceous tree or shrub of the genus Betula, having thin peeling barkSee also silver birch
- the hard close-grained wood of any of these trees
- the birch a bundle of birch twigs or a birch rod used, esp formerly, for flogging offenders
- of, relating to, or belonging to the birch
- consisting or made of birch
- (tr) to flog with a birch
Word Origin for birch
Old English berc, beorc (also the name of the rune for "b"), from Proto-Germanic *berkjon (cf. Old Saxon birka, Old Norse börk, Danish birk, Swedish björk, Middle Dutch berke, Dutch berk, Old High German birihha, German Birke), from PIE *bhergo (cf. Ossetian barz, Old Church Slavonic breza, Russian bereza, Lithuanian beržas, Sanskrit bhurjah, Latin farnus, fraxinus "mountain ash"), from root *bhereg- "to gleam, white." Meaning "bunch of birch twigs used for flogging" (1640s) led to verb meaning "to flog" (1830). Related: Birched; birching. Birch beer is by 1827, American English.