Definition of Birch

1. Noun. Hard close-grained wood of any of various birch trees; used especially in furniture and interior finishes and plywood.

Substance meronyms: Birch Tree
Generic synonyms: Wood



2. Verb. Whip with a birch twig. "They want to birch the prisoners "
Generic synonyms: Flog, Lash, Lather, Slash, Strap, Trounce, Welt, Whip

3. Adjective. Consisting of or made of wood of the birch tree.
Exact synonyms: Birchen, Birken
Similar to: Woody

4. Noun. Any betulaceous tree or shrub of the genus Betula having a thin peeling bark.

5. Noun. A switch consisting of a twig or a bundle of twigs from a birch tree; used to hit people as punishment. ; "My father never spared the birch"
Exact synonyms: Birch Rod
Generic synonyms: Switch

Definition of Birch

1. n. A tree of several species, constituting the genus Betula; as, the white or common birch (B. alba) (also called silver birch and lady birch); the dwarf birch (B. glandulosa); the paper or canoe birch (B. papyracea); the yellow birch (B. lutea); the black or cherry birch (B. lenta).

2. a. Of or pertaining to the birch; birchen.

3. v. t. To whip with a birch rod or twig; to flog.

Definition of Birch

1. Noun. any of various trees of the genus ''Betula'', native to countries in the northern hemisphere. ¹

2. Noun. a hard wood taken from the birch tree, typically used to make furniture. ¹

3. Noun. a stick, rod or bundle of twigs made from birch wood, used for punishment. ¹

4. Verb. to punish with a stick, bundle of twigs, or rod made of birch wood. ¹

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

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Birch

1. to whip [v -ED, -ING, -ES] - See also: whip

Medical Definition of Birch

1. 1. A tree of several species, constituting the genus Betula; as, the white or common birch (B. Alba) (also called silver birch and lady birch); the dwarf birch (B. Glandulosa); the paper or canoe birch (B. Papyracea); the yellow birch (B. Lutea); the black or cherry birch (B. Lenta). 2. The wood or timber of the birch. 3. A birch twig or birch twigs, used for flogging. The twigs of the common European birch (B. Alba), being tough and slender, were formerly much used for rods in schools. They were also made into brooms. "The threatening twigs of birch." (Shak) 4. A birch-bark canoe. Birch of Jamaica, a species (Bursera gummifera) of turpentine tree. Birch partridge. See Ruffed grouse. Birch wine, wine made of the spring sap of the birch. Oil of birch. An oil obtained from the bark of the common European birch (Betula alba), and used in the preparation of genuine (and sometimes of the imitation) Russia leather, to which it gives its peculiar odour. An oil prepared from the black birch (B. Lenta), said to be identical with the oil of wintergreen, for which it is largely sold. Origin: OE. Birche, birk. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Birch

biracialisms
biradial
biradially
biradiate
biradiated
biradical
biradicaloid
biradicals
biramose
biramous
biraphid
biraryl
birational
birationality
birationally
birch (current term)
birch bark
birch beer
birch bolete
birch bracket
birch family
birch leaf miner
birch oil
birch rod
birch sap
birch tar
birch tar oil
birch tree
birchbark
birchbark canoe

Literary usage of Birch

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1. Cavendish by Christa Jungnickel, Russell McCormmach (1996)
"birch was an historian who met the scientific and medical men more than halfway. ... birch, at age twenty-six, was invited to be one of the three editors of ..."

2. Report (1905)
"The Nectria upon the birch has larger perithecia, longer asci, thicker spores, ... Superficially the Nectria on the birch resembles 2V. coccinea (Pers. ..."

3. Field Book of American Trees and Shrubs: A Concise Description of the by Ferdinand Schuyler Mathews (1915)
"birch, Cherry, 113. birch, Dwarf, 124. birch FAMILY. 109. birch, Gray, 117. birch, Low, 122. birch, Oldfield, 117. birch, Paper, 120, 121. ..."

4. American Druggist (1891)
"The Manufacture of Oil of birch. A. PROFITABLE industry, and one of which but ... Only, since oil of birch possesses the same wintergreen flavor and is more ..."

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