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English adjective: birch

1. birch consisting of or made of wood of the birch tree

Synonymsbirchen, birken



English noun: birch

1. birch (plant) hard close-grained wood of any of various birch trees; used especially in furniture and interior finishes and plywood

Broader (hypernym)wood

Substance meronymbirch, birch tree

2. birch (plant) any betulaceous tree or shrub of the genus Betula having a thin peeling bark

Synonymsbirch tree

Broader (hypernym)tree

Narrower (hyponym)American dwarf birch, American gray birch, American grey birch, American white birch, Betula alleghaniensis, Betula cordifolia, Betula fontinalis, Betula glandulosa, Betula lenta, Betula leutea, Betula neoalaskana, Betula nigra, Betula papyrifera, Betula pendula, Betula populifolia, Betula pubescens, black birch, black birch, canoe birch, cherry birch, common birch, downy birch, European white birch, gray birch, grey birch, mountain birch, Newfoundland dwarf birch, paper birch, paperbark birch, red birch, river birch, silver birch, swamp birch, sweet birch, water birch, Western birch, Western paper birch, white birch, yellow birch, Yukon white birch

Member meronymBetula, genus Betula

Substance holonymbirch

3. birch (artifact) a switch consisting of a twig or a bundle of twigs from a birch tree; used to hit people as punishment

SamplesMy father never spared the birch.

Synonymsbirch rod

Broader (hypernym)switch

English verb: birch

1. birch (contact) whip with a birch twig

ExamplesThey want to birch the prisoners

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)flog, lash, lather, slash, strap, trounce, welt, whip

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