Definition of


  1. (noun, plant) a genus of trees of the family Betulaceae (such as birches)

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Synonyms of Betula

genus betula

Alternate forms of Betula

Hypernyms: hamamelid dicot genus

Origin of the word Betula

  1. genus of the birches, from L. betula "birch," from Gaul. betu- "bitumen" (cf. M.Ir. beithe "box tree," Welsh bedwen "birch tree"). According to Pliny, so called because the Gauls extracted tar from birches. Birch tar is still sold as an analgesic and stimulant and made into birch beer by the Pennsylvania Dutch. more

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