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.]

birching

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

birching

[ˈbɜːtʃɪŋ] Nazotamiento m (con la vara)

birching

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

birching

[ˈbɜːtʃɪŋ] nfustigazione f
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Cattle ranching and Birching are a natural fit, says Len, who, along with his wife Pat and other members of the family, joined the Society in the 1960s.
After a speedy court appearance in Douglas they were examined by a doctor to see if they were fit for birching.
The last person Cliff Gelling gave a birching to was a young Scotsman in 1972.