any tree or shrub of the genus Betula, comprising species with a smooth, laminated outer bark and close-grained wood.
Compare birch family.
the wood itself.
a birch rod, or a bundle of birch twigs, used especially for whipping.
to beat or punish with or as if with a birch:
The young ruffians were birched soundly by their teacher.
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any betulaceous tree or shrub of the genus Betula, having thin peeling bark See also silver birch
the hard close-grained wood of any of these trees
the birch, a bundle of birch twigs or a birch rod used, esp formerly, for flogging offenders
of, relating to, or belonging to the birch
consisting or made of birch
(transitive) to flog with a birch
any warm-blooded vertebrate of the class Aves, having a body covered with feathers, forelimbs modified into wings, scaly legs, a beak, and no teeth, and bearing young in a hard-shelled egg. a fowl or game bird. Sports. clay pigeon. a shuttlecock. Slang. a person, especially one having some peculiarity: He’s a queer bird. Informal. an […]
a band put on a bird’s leg to identify it for observations about its range, behavior, longevity, migration patterns, etc.
a basin or tublike garden ornament for birds to drink from or bathe in. noun a small basin or trough for birds to bathe in, usually in a garden n.
beak (def 9).