verb (used with object)
- birch beer,
- birch family,
- birch partridge,
- birch tar oil,
Origin of birch
Examples from the Web for birching
You may not believe it, but the governor actually horsed me and gave me a birching; and the diamonds were locked up from that day.The Laughing Mill and Other Stories|Julian Hawthorne
The Chief was too utterly fed up to do anything; moreover, he saw that a birching would do Gordon no good.The Loom of Youth|Alec Waugh
The birching, bad as it had been, was redoubled in intensity.The Secrets of a Savoyard|Henry A. Lytton
They have not as much as had a birching; and I say that the college masters ought to be hooted.The Channings|Mrs. Henry Wood
Horse′woman, a woman who rides on horseback; Hors′iness; Hors′ing, birching a schoolboy mounted on another's back.
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.