Definition of birch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɜːtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɜːrtʃ//
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] (also birch tree [countable]) a tree with smooth bark and thin branches, that grows in northern countries see also silver birch See related entries: Plants
  2. 2 (also birchwood
    BrE BrE//ˈbɜːtʃwʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrtʃwʊd//
    [uncountable] the hard pale wood of the birch tree
  3. 3the birch [singular] the practice of hitting somebody with a bunch of birch sticks, as a punishment
  4. Word OriginOld English bierce, birce, of Germanic origin; related to German Birke.
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