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 for birch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Birch \Birch\ (b[~e]rch), n.; pl. Birches (-[e^]z). [OE.
     birche, birk, AS. birce, beorc; akin to Icel. bj["o]rk, Sw.
     bj["o]rk, Dan. birk, D. berk, OHG. piricha, MHG. birche,
     birke, G. birke, Russ. bereza, Pol. brzoza, Serv. breza, Skr.
     bh[=u]rja. [root]254. Cf. 1st Birk.]
     1. A tree of several species, constituting the genus
        Betula;+as,+the+white+or+common+birch+({Betula+alba">Betula; as, the white or common birch ({Betula alba)
        (also called silver birch and lady birch); the dwarf birch
        ({Betula glandulosa); the paper or canoe birch ({Betula
        papyracea); the yellow birch ({Betula lutea}); the black
        or cherry birch ({Betula lenta).
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     2. The wood or timber of the birch.
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     3. A birch twig or birch twigs, used for flogging.
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     Note: The twigs of the common European birch (B. alba), being
           tough and slender, were formerly much used for rods in
           schools. They were also made into brooms.
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                 The threatening twigs of birch.    --Shak.
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     4. A birch-bark canoe.
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     Birch+of+Jamaica,+a+species+({Bursera+gummifera">Birch of Jamaica, a species ({Bursera gummifera) of
        turpentine tree.
     Birch partridge. (Zool.) See Ruffed grouse.
     Birch wine, wine made of the spring sap of the birch.
     Oil of birch.
        (a) An oil obtained from the bark of the common European
            birch ({Betula alba), and used in the preparation of
            genuine (and sometimes of the imitation) Russia
            leather, to which it gives its peculiar odor.
        (b) An oil prepared from the black birch ({Betula lenta),
            said to be identical with the oil of wintergreen, for
            which it is largely sold.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Birch \Birch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Birched (b[~e]rcht); p. pr.
     & vb. n. Birching.]
     To whip with a birch rod or twig; to flog.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Birch \Birch\, a.
     Of or pertaining to the birch; birchen.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: consisting of or made of wood of the birch tree [syn:
             birch, birchen, birken]
      n 1: hard close-grained wood of any of various birch trees; used
           especially in furniture and interior finishes and plywood
      2: any betulaceous tree or shrub of the genus Betula having a
         thin peeling bark [syn: birch, birch tree]
      3: a switch consisting of a twig or a bundle of twigs from a
         birch tree; used to hit people as punishment; "my father
         never spared the birch" [syn: birch, birch rod]
      v 1: whip with a birch twig

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