birching

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birch
paper birch
Betula papyrifera

birch

 (bûrch)
n.
1.
a. Any of various deciduous trees or shrubs of the genus Betula, native to the Northern Hemisphere and having unisexual flowers in catkins, alternate, simple, toothed leaves, and bark that often peels in thin papery layers.
b. The hard, close-grained wood of any of these trees, used especially in furniture, interior finishes, and plywood.
2. A rod from a birch, used to administer a whipping.
tr.v. birched, birch·ing, birch·es
To whip with or as if with a birch.

[Middle English, from Old English birce; see bherəg- in Indo-European roots.]
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birching

(ˈbɜːtʃɪŋ)
n
the action of beating someone, esp a naughty schoolchild, with a birch
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Translations

birching

[ˈbɜːtʃɪŋ] Nazotamiento m (con la vara)
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

birching

n (= act)Prügeln nt; (Jur) → Prügelstrafe f; to get a birchingmit der Rute geschlagen werden
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birching

[ˈbɜːtʃɪŋ] nfustigazione f
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First, a hazel rod must be bent to form an oval ring or bool.
My favourite was catching trout with a small home-made snare on the end of a whippy 15ft hazel rod.
These pigs, with their wild boar ancestry, are expert escapologists and the rickety fence made of finger-width hazel rods woven together and tied with string wouldn't have stood a chance if they had wanted to get out.
Historically, hazel rods or poles, as the long stems are known, have had many uses, from wattle fencing and thatching in medieval times to trug baskets and walking sticks in more modern times.
It will be made entirely of wood and natural materials, including walls made from hazel rods and mud daub, to give the Forest School a dry area for pupils when it rains.
Mr Thompson doesn't use traditional hazel rods, preferring instead a "double-V" rod he invented.