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birch

noun uk   /bɜːtʃ/ us    /bɝːtʃ/

birch noun (TREE)

[C] a tree with a smooth, often white bark (= outer covering) and thin branchesDeciduous trees

birch noun (PUNISHMENT)

the birch [S] UK an official punishment in the past, that involved hitting a person across the bottom with thin sticks. The thins sticks are also called the birch.Punishing by causing painHitting and beatingPunishing and punishments
birch
verb [T] uk   us  
to punish someone with the birchPunishing by causing painHitting and beatingPunishing and punishments
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