What is birch?

  • (adj): Consisting of or made of wood of the birch tree.
    Synonyms: birchen, birken
    See also — Additional definitions below


Birch is a broadleaved deciduous hardwood tree of the genus Betula ( /ˈbɛtjʊlə/ Bé-tu-la), in the family Betulaceae which also includes alders, hazels and hornbeams and is closely related to the beech/oak family, Fagaceae. The genus Betula contains from 30 to 60 known taxa of which 11 are on the IUCN 2011 Red List of Threatened Species. They are typically rather short-lived pioneer species widespread in the Northern Hemisphere particularly in northern temperate and boreal climates.

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Much Birch
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Birch, Essex
... / 51.8458°N 0.8215°E / 51.8458 0.8215 Birch St ... Peter's Church Birch Population 817 (2001) OS grid reference TL944201 Civil parish Birch District Colchester Shire county Essex Region East Country England ... According to the 2001 census, Birch had a population of 817 ...
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More definitions of "birch":

  • (verb): Whip with a birch twig.
  • (noun): Any betulaceous tree or shrub of the genus Betula having a thin peeling bark.
    Synonyms: birch tree
  • (noun): Hard close-grained wood of any of various birch trees; used especially in furniture and interior finishes and plywood.
  • (noun): Bundle of birch twigs used to hit people as punishment.
    Synonyms: birch rod

Famous quotes containing the word birch:

    The birch begins to crack its outer sheath
    Of baby green and show the white beneath....
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    The birch stripped of its bark, or the charred stump where a tree has been burned down to be made into a canoe,—these are the only traces of man, a fabulous wild man to us. On either side, the primeval forest stretches away uninterrupted to Canada, or to the “South Sea”; to the white man a drear and howling wilderness, but to the Indian a home, adapted to his nature, and cheerful as the smile of the Great Spirit.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)