birch - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/bɜː(r)tʃ/
singularbirch
pluralbirches
  1. 1
    [countable] a tall tree with thin branches and an outer layer that comes off in thin strips like paper
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    1. a.
      [uncountable] the wood from this tree
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  2. 2

    the birch

    British an old-fashioned form of corporal punishment in which someone is hit hard with a thin stick