- a member, advocate, or follower of the John Birch Society and its principles.
Origin of Bircher
- 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
Examples from the Web for bircher
The 9/11 Truthers parrot longstanding Bircher claims about the sinister New World Order.Return of the Fright Wing
February 16, 2010
Chief's not much of a bircher, and don't gas about disgrace, and such muck.The Loom of Youth
So it annoys me that somebody Bircher will tell me, "George, we are for freedom here."Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Birchist or Birchite
- a member or supporter of the John Birch Society
- 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 and History for bircher
1961, member of the U.S. anti-communist John Birch Society, founded 1958.
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.