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- adj. Made of birch; birchen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To whip with a birch or rod.
- adj. Birchen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Northern English and Scotch form of birchen.
- To beat with a birch or rod.
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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The green birken shades, where the wild lintie dwells,
I 'll lead you to the birken bower, on yon burn side,
Wi 'me, my kind dearie, O! At thorny bush, or birken tree,
They will be for the taking of a wheen puir callants (lads) that are jinking (hiding) in the hill birken
At Dewshill wood the mavis sings beside her birken nest,
And spring will cleed the birken shaw: [clothe, birch woods]
O, the oak and the ash and the bonnie birken tree,
The gorcock unalarmed crows among the moors and mosses -- the blackbird whistles in the birken shaw -- and the cony erects his ears at the mouth of his burrow, and whisks away frolicsome among the whins or heather.
_'birken shaw, '_ I paused to examine if the council-fires were still burning on Bare-hill, but there was no smoke visible, neither was there