Birke

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German birke, from Old High German birka, bircha, from Proto-West Germanic *birkijā.

The Old High German variant birihha shows a svarabhakti vowel; if continued it would have led to modern *Birche (compare Kirche). Cognate to Dutch berk, Low German Bark, English birch, Swedish björk.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɪrkə/, [ˈbɪʁ.kə], [ˈbɪɐ̯.kə]
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Birke f (genitive Birke, plural Birken)

  1. birch (tree)

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Proper noun[edit]

Birke m or f (proper noun, strong, genitive Birkes or (with an article) Birke, plural Birkes or Birke)

  1. a surname

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