- (General American) enPR: bû(r)ch, IPA(key): /bɝt͡ʃ/
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: bû(r)ch, IPA(key): /bɜːtʃ/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)tʃ
- 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 of Jamaica
- birch partridge
- birch sap
- birch tree
- Birch Vale
- birch wine
- black birch
- canoe birch
- cherry birch
- dwarf birch
- northern birch mouse
- oil of 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.
- (Can we verify(+) this sense?) To punish as though one were using a stick, bundle of twigs, or rod made of birch wood.
- 1902, M. M. Read, “The Midnight Feast”, in The Boy's Own Annual, volume 25, page 63:
- That the morrow would see us arraigned 'fore the Head
And probably birched with a willow
- 2012, Charles J. Esdaile, Outpost of Empire: The Napoleonic Occupation of Andalucia, 1810–1812, page 319:
- […] and was tied to a tree and soundly birched with a bundle of furze
- 2013, Hugh Thomas, Conquest: Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico, page 292:
- The Mexica were always washing, in water obtained through the aqueduct, or in the lake, and would often go to the popular baths in the numerous stone steam houses (where birching, with grasses, or massage was also available).
to punish with a birch
to punish as if one were using a birch
- birch at OneLook Dictionary Search.
- birch in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- Alternative form of