paper birch

  1. a North American birch, Betula papyrifera, having a tough bark and yielding a valuable wood: the state tree of New Hampshire.

Origin of paper birch

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10

Words Nearby paper birch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use paper birch in a sentence

  • The terrain was becoming rockier now, with paper birch and spruce trees replacing the canopy of sugar maples and yellow birch.

  • Comparisons: The paper birch (Betula papyrifera) is apt to be confused with the gray birch, because both have a white bark.

    Studies of Trees | Jacob Joshua Levison
  • The bark of the paper birch, however, is a clear white and peels off in thin papery layers instead of being close.

    Studies of Trees | Jacob Joshua Levison
  • It resembles paper birch, and has often been supposed to be that tree.

    American Forest Trees | Henry H. Gibson
  • The canoe birch or paper birch is the noblest member of the family.

    Trees Worth Knowing | Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The largest use of paper birch is for spools, the common kind for thread.

    American Forest Trees | Henry H. Gibson