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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Betulaceae — the birch trees.


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From Latin betula ("birch tree")


  • The schoolmaster at Lesopolye was Matvey Nikolaitch, who had been a divinity student, a kind and intelligent man, but he, too, was a drunkard; he never beat the schoolchildren, but for some reason he always had hanging on his wall a bunch of birch-twigs, and below it an utterly meaningless inscription in Latin: "Betula kinderbalsamica secuta."

    The Bishop and Other Stories

  • It led us by a short portage into a small lake called Betula, or Birch Lake, a sylvan little body of water having three islands, which we were just twenty-five minutes in crossing by free strokes of the paddles.

    Memoirs of 30 Years with the Indian Tribes on the American Frontiers

  • 'Betula' flourished and spread unencumbered, transforming large regions of grassland into forests.


  • "Betula," says the first voice sharply, "just because you happen to have a silver complexion there is no need to be a minx.

    Try Anything Twice

  • Swiss chard (Betula vulgaris) is a leafy form of the regular garden beet.

    Groundwork: Chard's double punch

  • Reindeer herders report that the abundance and distribution of mountain birch (Betula pubescens) have increased and the abundance and distribution of mat-forming lichens have decreased in Finnmark over the last three to four decades.

    Climate change and reindeer nomadism in Finnmark, Norway

  • Other trees/shrubs living in the home of dark/black already include two seedling butterfly bushes with purple/blue flowers trained as standards, and a red leaf birch tree, Betula ‘Crimson Frost’ that has not grown very rapidly but does show improvement with each passing year.

    Denizens Of The Dark « Fairegarden

  • Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve on the west coast of Scotland includes outstanding examples of old Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) - downy birch (Betula pubescens) rainforests.

    Cool rainforests store more carbon, book finds

  • After 9 and 15 years, competitive interactions altered the relative abundance of plant functional types, with the tallest species (the deciduous shrub Betula nana; Fig. 7.3) responding most strongly [26].

    Effects of changes in climate and UV radiation levels on structure of arctic ecosystems in the short and long term

  • Species of southern distribution, such as sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua), river birch (Betula nigra), Spanish oak (Quercus falcata), and red mulberry (Moros rubra) have reached or are reaching their northern limits.

    Northeastern coastal forests


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