[bur-chuh n]


of or relating to birch.
made or consisting of birch: birchen furniture.

Origin of birchen

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at birch, -en2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for birchen

Historical Examples of birchen

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

  • 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper