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  • noun [ feminine ]
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beorc, e; f.
Wright's OE grammar
a birch-tree; betula.
the Anglo-Saxon Rune ᛒ = b, the name of which letter in Anglo-Saxon is beorc a birch-tree, hence this Rune not only stands for the letter b, but for beorc a birch-tree, as,
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  • byþ blǽda leás

    a birch-tree is void of fruit

  • Hick. Thes. i. 135
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  • Runic pm. 18
  • ;
  • Kmbl. 342, 27.
Similar entries
v. birce, byrc.
Linked entries
v.  byrc B berc birce.
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  • beorc, n.