Bircher

or Birch·ite

[bur-cher]
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noun

a member, advocate, or follower of the John Birch Society and its principles.

Origin of Bircher

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65; (John) Birch (Society) + -er1

Also called John Bircher.

birch

[burch]

noun

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.

adjective

verb (used with object)

to beat or punish with or as if with a birch: The young ruffians were birched soundly by their teacher.

Origin of birch

before 900; Middle English birche, Old English birce; cognate with Old High German birka (German Birke); akin to Sanskrit bhūrja kind of birch

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Bircher

Birchist or Birchite

noun

a member or supporter of the John Birch Society
Derived FormsBirchism, noun

birch

noun

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

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the birch
consisting or made of birch

verb

(tr) to flog with a birch
Derived Formsbirchen, adjective

Word Origin for birch

Old English bierce; related to Old High German birihha, Sanskrit bhūrja

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