(noun, adjective, verb)


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

Similar word(s): woody, birchen, birken


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

Definition categories: plant, wood

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

Definition categories: plant, 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

Definition categories: man–made, switch


1. whip with a birch twig

Definition categories: contact, flog, lash, lather, slash, strap, trounce, welt, whip