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paper birch

n.
A North American birch tree (Betula papyrifera) having paperlike white bark formerly used for making canoes. Also called canoe birch.

pa′per birch`


n.
a North American birch, Betula papyrifera, having a tough bark and yielding a valuable wood.
[1800–10, Amer.]
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Noun1.paper birch - small American birch with peeling white bark often worked into e.g. baskets or toy canoespaper birch - small American birch with peeling white bark often worked into e.g. baskets or toy canoes
Betula, genus Betula - a genus of trees of the family Betulaceae (such as birches)
birch tree, birch - any betulaceous tree or shrub of the genus Betula having a thin peeling bark
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The paper birches and pin cherries, normally among the first to grow after an area has been cleared, developed soon after the plot was pulled down, but quickly died off, defeated in part by shade provided by the many large downed trees and by the rapid growth of black birch.
The grade recovery results showed that the paper birches analyzed yielded a high proportion of low-grade lumber according to the NHLA rules, with 60.
Despite what many believe is their funereal aspect, the beauty of conifers is best appreciated in winter when they have little competition from broad-leaved trees, apart from the bark of the paper birches, like the dazzling white of betula jacquemonti which peels off in paper-thin layers.