hard birch

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  • birch — [bʉrch] n. [ME birche < OE beorc < IE base * bhereĝ , to gleam, white > BRIGHT] 1. any of a genus (Betula) of trees and shrubs of the birch family, having smooth bark easily peeled off in thin sheets, and hard, closegrained wood: found… …   English World dictionary

  • birch — ► NOUN 1) a slender hardy tree having a peeling, typically silver grey or white, bark and yielding a hard fine grained wood. 2) (the birch) chiefly historical a punishment in which a person is flogged with a bundle of birch twigs. ► VERB chiefly… …   English terms dictionary

  • birch — [ bɜrtʃ ] noun 1. ) count a tall tree with thin branches and an outer layer that comes off in thin strips like paper a ) uncount the wood from this tree 2. ) the birch BRITISH an old fashioned form of CORPORAL PUNISHMENT in which someone is hit… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • birch — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English beorc; akin to Old High German birka birch, Old English beorht bright, and probably to Latin fraxinus ash tree more at bright Date: before 12th century 1. any of a genus (Betula of the family… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • birch — noun 1》 a slender hardy tree with thin, peeling, silver grey or white bark, which yields a hard pale wood. [Betula pendula (silver birch) and related species.] 2》 (the birch) chiefly historical a formal punishment in which a person is flogged… …   English new terms dictionary

  • birch — n. & v. n. 1 any tree of the genus Betula, having thin peeling bark, bearing catkins, and found predominantly in northern temperate regions. 2 (in full birchwood) the hard fine grained pale wood of these trees. 3 NZ any of various similar trees.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • birch — 1. noun /bɜː(r)tʃ/ a) any of various trees of the genus Betula, native to countries in the northern hemisphere. b) a hard wood taken from the birch tree, typically used to make furniture. 2. verb /bɜː(r)tʃ/ a) to punish with a stick, bundle of… …   Wiktionary

  • birch — UK [bɜː(r)tʃ] / US [bɜrtʃ] noun Word forms birch : singular birch plural birches 1) a) [countable] a tall tree with thin branches and an outer layer that comes off in thin strips like paper b) [uncountable] the wood from this tree 2) the birch… …   English dictionary

  • John Birch (luthier) — John Birch was an English luthier mainly known for his electric guitars. Some of his customers included Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, Brian May of Queen, Dave Hill and Jim Lea of Slade, Gerry Shephard of The Glitter Band, and Roy …   Wikipedia

  • sweet birch — noun common birch of the eastern United States having spicy brown bark yielding a volatile oil and hard dark wood used for furniture • Syn: ↑cherry birch, ↑black birch, ↑Betula lenta • Hypernyms: ↑birch, ↑birch tree • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • white birch — 1. the European birch, Betula pendula, yielding a hard wood. 2. See paper birch. [1780 90] * * * ▪ tree group   any of several species of ornamental and timber trees of the genus Betula, in the family Betulaceae. The trees are native to cool… …   Universalium


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