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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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Historical Examples

Canadian Fairy Tales Cyrus Macmillan
Explorations in Australia John Forrest
Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II Arnold Cooley

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


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    the plant family Betulaceae, characterized by deciduous trees having simple serrate leaves, male flowers in drooping catkins, female flowers in short clusters, and one-seeded nuts, and including the alder, birch, hazel, and hornbeam.

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