Etymology
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Words related to birch

*bhereg- 

*bherəg-, Proto-Indo-European root meaning "to shine; bright, white." It forms all or part of: Albert; Bertha; birch; bright; Egbert; Ethelbert; Gilbert; Herbert; Hubert; Lambert; Robert.

It is the hypothetical source of/evidence for its existence is provided by: Sanskrit bhrajate "shines, glitters;" Lithuanian brėkšti "to dawn;" Welsh berth "bright, beautiful."

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bark (n.1)
"tree skin, hard covering of plants," c. 1300, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse börkr "bark," from Proto-Germanic *barkuz, which probably is related to birch and Low German borke. The native word was rind.
birch-bark (n.)
1640s, American English, from birch (n.) + bark (n.1). Old English had beorcrind.
birchen (adj.)
"consisting or made of birch," mid-15c., from birch (n.) + -en (2). Similar formation in German birken.