birken

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English birchen, birken, from Old English bircen, *biercen, beorcen (made of birch, birchen), from Proto-Germanic *birkīnaz (made of birch). Cognate with English birchen, Dutch berken (birchen), Low German berken (birchen), German birken (birchen).

Adjective[edit]

birken (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete or dialectal, Scotland and Northern England) Made of birch; birchen.
    • 1788, Burns, Robert, The Bonie Lad That's Far Awa:
      O weary Winter soon will pass, / And Spring will cleed the birken shaw;

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Birke +‎ -en

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

birken (not comparable)

  1. birchen

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Scots[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

birk +‎ -en. From Middle English birken, birchen, from Old English bircen, *biercen, beorcen (made of birch, birchen), from Proto-Germanic *birkīnaz (made of birch). Cognate with English birchen, Dutch berken, Low German berken, German birken.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

birken (not comparable)

  1. Made of, consisting of, pertaining to birch; birchen.
    • 1788, Burns, Robert, The Bonie Lad That's Far Awa:
      O weary Winter soon will pass, / And Spring will cleed the birken shaw;

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