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English adjective: birch

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


Synonymsbirchen, birken


Similarwoody


Antonymsnonwoody


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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