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birch

EnglishEdit

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Birch trees Betula pendula (1)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English birche, birk, from Old English birce, bierce, from Proto-Germanic *birkijǭ (compare West Frisian bjirk, German Birke), variant of *berkō (compare Dutch berk, Swedish björk), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰérHǵos (compare Lithuanian béržas, Czech bříza, Ossetian бӕрз (bærz), Russian берёза (berjóza)).

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NounEdit

birch (plural birches)

  1. any of various trees of the genus Betula, native to countries in the Northern Hemisphere.
  2. a hard wood taken from the birch tree, typically used to make furniture.
  3. a stick, rod or bundle of twigs made from birch wood, used for punishment.
  4. A birch-bark canoe.

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VerbEdit

birch (third-person singular simple present birches, present participle birching, simple past and past participle birched)

  1. to punish with a stick, bundle of twigs, or rod made of birch wood.
  2. to punish as though one were using a stick, bundle of twigs, or rod made of birch wood.

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