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 береза (bereza)).
- (General American) enPR: bû(r)ch, IPA(key): /bɝtʃ/
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: bû(r)ch, IPA(key): /bɜːtʃ/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)tʃ
birch (plural birches)
- any of various trees of the genus Betula, native to countries in the northern hemisphere.
- a hard wood taken from the birch tree, typically used to make furniture.
- a stick, rod or bundle of twigs made from birch wood, used for punishment.
- A birch-bark canoe.
- birch beer
- birch bolete
- birch bracket
- birch sap
- black birch
- cherry birch
- dwarf birch
- paper birch
- river birch
- silver birch
- sweet birch
- yellow birch
- to punish with a stick, bundle of twigs, or rod made of birch wood.
- to punish as though one were using a stick, bundle of twigs, or rod made of birch wood.
- birch wood
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