birch


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birch

(bĭrch)
(Betula alba) Often consumed as a tea; the oil preparation is of alleged value in bladder disorders; sometimes used topically, although its toxicity makes it unsuitable for pediatric patients.
Synonym(s): white birch.

birch

a tree of shrub of the genus Betula with simple leaves, an outer bark that peels easily, and pale, fine-grained wood.
References in classic literature ?
The birches and cherry and alders too are coming out....
Probably ten times the age of the birches that formed the forest, it was ten times as thick and twice as tall as they.
Ah, Master Cheever has taken down that terrible birch rod!
See, the birch rod has lost several of its twigs, and will hardly serve for another execution.
The sun was setting behind a thick forest, and in the glow of sunset the birch trees, dotted about in the aspen copse, stood out clearly with their hanging twigs, and their buds swollen almost to bursting.
Venus, bright and silvery, shone with her soft light low down in the west behind the birch trees, and high up in the east twinkled the red lights of Arcturus.
A row of birches fringed the brook, and each birch seemed more exquisitely graceful and golden than her sisters.
But listen--yonder by the birches it is laughing as if it were enjoying some capital joke all by itself."
But just before they came to the belt of birch which hid their home, Anne saw a girl who was driving a flock of snow- white geese along the crest of a velvety green hill on the right.
He goes right slap up to the foot of a birch tree, first pan, fills it with dirt, and washes out more'n a dollar coarse gold.
The amiable suggestion of the birch switch--to the efficiency of which all of Mrs.
The next moment he was lost in a fringe of birches; then he came out again on the upper side, where I could see him climbing like a jackanapes, for that part was again very steep; and then he dipped behind a shoulder, and I saw him no more.