yellow birch

  1. a North American birch, Betula alleghaniensis (or B. lutea), having yellowish or silvery gray bark.

  2. the hard, light, reddish-brown wood of this tree, used in the construction of furniture, buildings, boxes, etc.

Origin of yellow birch

First recorded in 1765–75

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

How to use yellow birch in a sentence

  • One day last fall, I drove an hour down a dirt road to a new-to-me unmarked trail and found it covered in yellow birch leaves, camouflaging it with the rest of the woods.

  • On looking around I saw where one had been at work excavating a lodge in a small yellow birch.

    A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs
  • They are the natural home of the black and yellow birch, which grow here to unusual size.

    A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs
  • Salt fish were stacked up on the wharves, looking like corded wood, maple and yellow birch with the bark left on.

    Cape Cod | Henry D. Thoreau
  • At every turn it mirrored back the slanting forms of the white and the yellow birch, or slept under green mantles of lily pads.

    Bylow Hill | George Washington Cable