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- adj. Made from birch wood.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or relating to birch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to birch; consisting or made of birch: as, “birchen brooms,”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. consisting of or made of wood of the birch tree
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Down nearly to the ground the pole was dressed with birchen boughs, and others of the liveliest green, and some with silvery leaves, fastened by ribbons that fluttered in fantastic knots of twenty different colors, but no sad ones.
“Had I my will, madam,” answered Lilias, “a good birchen wand should make his colour muster to better purpose still.”
Jones; “but that will not happen, unless you had the same birchen argument to convince me.” — “Then I must tell you plainly,” said Thwackum, “I am resolved to discover the wicked wretch.” — “And I must tell you plainly,” returned Jones, “I am resolved you shall not.”
To thee, at thy birchen altar, with true Spartan devotion, I have sacrificed my blood.
These came armed with ferules and birchen rods, being a race of schoolmasters, who first discovered the marvelous sympathy between the seat of honor and the seat of intellect, — and that the shortest way to get knowledge into the head was to hammer it into the bottom. —
She struck the hearth with the birchen branch, and lo! the barleycorns flew into the pot, and the hearth was clean.
Their bowes are very short, like Turkie bowes outright, Of sinowes made with birchen barke, in cunning maner dight.
In the dim morning light they walked briskly to a little cove in the river, where Micah's birchen canoe lay, and found it already stored with supplies for the excursion.
They were obliged to carry their light, birchen canoes from home, and these were packed with the necessary tackle, skins for beds, &c. The strong men of the party carried the canoes on their shoulders, and the women the smaller articles of furniture.
And it is not surprising to learn that here, as he himself tells us, his vigorous energies made acquaintance with that 'birchen altar' at which most of the best blood in England has been disciplined.
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