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birch

noun uk   /bɜːtʃ/ us    /bɝːtʃ/

birch noun (TREE)

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

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.
birch
verb [T] uk   UK us  
to punish someone with the birch
Translations of “birch”
in Spanish abedul…
in French bouleau…
in German die Birke, Birken…, das Birkenholz…
in Chinese (Traditional) 樹, 樺樹,白樺樹…
in Russian береза…
in Turkish huş ağacı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 树, 桦树,白桦树…
in Polish brzoza…
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