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birchen

[bur-chuh n]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to birch.
  2. made or consisting of birch: birchen furniture.
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Origin of birchen

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at birch, -en2
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Examples from the Web for birchen

Historical Examples

  • I have still the flavour, Soft as spring wind that's come from birchen bowers.

    Canzoni & Ripostes

    Ezra Pound

  • The birchen canoes were pierced, and in the excitement many were capsized.

    Indian Boyhood

    [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman

  • Espying the bright fountain near at hand, she hastened thither, and scooped up a portion of its water, in a cup of birchen bark.

    The Man of Adamant

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The heat from the birchen logs and the sizzling jack-pine penetrated her.

    The Peace of Roaring River

    George van Schaick

  • I said to my Indian, and swept the birchen craft out into the deep and steady current.

    The Little Red Foot

    Robert W. Chambers


Word Origin and History for birchen

adj.

mid-15c., from birch (n.) + -en (2).

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