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sweet birch

noun
1.
a North American tree, Betula lenta, having smooth, blackish bark and twigs that are a source of methyl salicylate.
Also called black birch, cherry birch.
Origin of sweet birch
1775-1785
1775-85, Americanism
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  • Medullary rays are irregular, some being thin as those of sweet birch, while others are as broad as rays of chestnut oak.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The sweet birch is tapped like sugar maple, but not for the same purpose or to the same extent—only an occasional tree.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The wood of sweet birch had few uses in early times, except fuel.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • sweet birch is largely employed for various parts of vehicle manufacture, particularly for wagon hubs and frames of automobiles.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Sap is characterized in sugar maple, sweet gum, balsam fir, and sweet birch.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The trunk of yellow birch averages a little smaller than that of sweet birch, but may equal it in some instances.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • sweet birch is finished to look like cherry, and for that reason is sometimes known as cherry birch.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • It is also called “sweet birch,” because its young twigs, when crushed, give out a pleasant aromatic odour.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • The black or sweet birch (Betula lenta) has a bark similar to the gray birch, except that its color is dark gray.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison

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