American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several birch trees having white bark, as Betula pendula of Europe or the paper birch B. papyrifera of North America.
- n. European birch with dull white to pale brown bark and somewhat drooping hairy branches
“Fleda's eyes were too dim to see white birch or holly, and she had no longer the least desire to have the latter; but with that infallible tact which assuredly is the gift of nature and no other, she answered, in a voice that she forced to be clear, "O yes! thank you, Grandpapa;" – and stealthily dashing away the tears, clambered down from the rickety little wagon, and plunged with a cheerful step at least, through trees and underbrush to the clump of holly.”
“It is recorded of one man who stands in a high position at Washington, that all his earlier writing-lessons were performed upon leaves of the white birch bark, the only paper used in the family.”
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