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 Betulaceae, the birch family) of monoecious deciduous usually short-lived trees or shrubs having simple petioled leaves and typically a layered membranous outer bark that peels readily 2. the hard pale close-grained wood of a birch 3. a birch rod or bundle of twigs for flogging • birch or birchen adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1830 to beat with or as if with a birch ; whip

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