Adjective "birch" definition and examples

(Birch may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A slender hardy tree which has thin peeling bark and bears catkins. Birch trees grow chiefly in northern temperate regions and yield hard, pale, fine-grained timber.
  1. 'After a minute of searching, he found what he was looking for: A tell-tale wire winding up a large birch tree.'
  2. 'Shifting her gaze to the nearby birch tree at the corner of the small garden, she saw a golden falcon that had served its purpose of bringing her to the Forbidden Garden and reuniting her with her lost love, and of course, her lost memories.'
  3. 'Rose cried throughout the whole thing and after the two guards had turned away for the night, she snuck out from the birch tree and ran up to Runako with tears streaming down her face.'
  4. 'But soon comes the spectacular fall colors of the birch tree, signaling the fast approach of winter and the long dark days that took a heavy toll on Mr. Littlejohn after his arrival in 1987.'
  5. 'I have brought all my documentation with me, and I am back to see how my birch tree is doing after two years.'
  6. 'In cold climates, you could substitute a trio of birches for the tree aloes and underplant them with blue fescue.'
  7. 'They stopped in front of the bell-pull on the bough of the birch tree.'
  8. 'Weeping birches, upright junipers, arborvitae, spreading Japanese maple, and weeping cherry provide the foundation planting.'
  9. 'Other favorite host plants are oaks, apple, hawthorn, birches, boxelder, willow, and sumac.'
  10. 'It is supposed to represent two people meeting as well the bark of a birch tree.'
  11. 'Weekend working parties had previously built a delightful chapel, furnished with articles made of birchwood and with an altar of cherrywood.'
  12. 'For instance, artist Steven Schubert, whose three-dimensional birchwood sculptures are exhibited at 40-plus galleries across the country, created a seated angel, ‘Tara,’ floating in water.'
  13. 'Here are floors of heat-treated birch (a process which hardens and darkens the wood).'
  14. 'The table and chairs, both made from birch plywood veneered with ash, have a pale wood finish and boast simple, clean lines giving them an undeniably contemporary look.'
  15. 'Luminosity is enhanced by planes of the pale brick, and by using birch veneered panels on the inner walls of the galleries.'
  16. 'His railway, finished in 1837, was an immediate success, even though the native birchwood used as fuel produced showers of sparks and complaints by smouldering passengers.'
  17. 'Crates will be improved with many different varieties of wood, including pine, birch, and even mahogany!'
  18. 'He cuts a long, fat fillet from the fish and lays it skin-down on a fresh plank of wood - birch, he tells me.'
  19. 'Christopher knows his trade and selects his wood from birch, oak or yew.'
  20. 'I asked Mitchell about the wood since it looked a lot like birch.'
A formal punishment in which a person is flogged with a bundle of birch twigs.
  1. 'He was not amused, especially when he heard that that same bunch had voted to bring back the birch only two weeks earlier.'
  2. 'Aren't there times when you're tempted to bring back the birch?'
  3. '‘Bring back the birch,’ slurred Mrs Mungo into her umpteenth pre-prandial sherry.'


Beat (someone) with a bundle of birch twigs as a formal punishment.
  1. 'The majority of the 231 birching orders were in cities, not towns: seventy in Edinburgh, sixty-nine in Glasgow, and twenty-six in Aberdeen.'
  2. 'But in a court case the boy was birched by a policeman who he had never seen before.'
  3. 'Why not also revert to flogging, birching, amputation and so on.'

More definitions

1. any tree or shrub of the genus Betula, comprising species with a smooth, laminated outer bark and close-grained wood.Compare birch family.

2. the wood itself.

3. a birch rod, or a bundle of birch twigs, used especially for whipping. adjective

4. birchen. verb (used with object)

5. to beat or punish with or as if with a birch: The young ruffians were birched soundly by their teacher.

More examples(as adjective)

"trees can be birch."

"twigs can be birch."

"woods can be birch."

"sees can be birch."

"prices can be birch."

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Old English bierce, birce, of Germanic origin; related to German Birke.