Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BIRKEN, adj. and n.
1. adj. Made of, consisting of, pertaining to birk, birch.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 42:
His legs they loos'd, but flighter'd held his hands, An' lasht him hame before wi' birken wands. Ags. 1826 A. Balfour Highland Mary I. x. 213:
Flunky Tam sat hiddlings behind a birken-buss. Edb. 1801 J. Thomson Poems 94:
An' fareweel a' ye birken bow'rs. Bwk. 1879 W. Chisholm Poems 22:
When I open'd my een the fairies were gane An' I lay i' the birken shaw my lane. Rxb. 1901 W. Laidlaw Poetry and Prose (1908) 6:
Down in the woodland glade, Under the birken shade.
2. n. Birch tree. Adj. used as n.
Abd. 1923 B. R. M'Intosh Scent o' the Broom 12:
I'll link it my lane ower the dew-dabbled heather, And bide 'neath the birkens doon-bye. Ags. 1897 C. Sievewright in
A. Reid Bards of Angus and Mearns 411:
The sweet-scented birkens are leafless and naked. m.Lth. 1882 C. Neill in
Edwards Mod. Sc. Poets, IV. 204:
Sweet in the birken the mavis is singing.
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"Birken adj., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 10 Dec 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/birken>
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