Definition of birchbark in English:



mass noun
  • The impervious bark of the North American paper birch, formerly used by North American Indians to make canoes and other items.

    ‘stretch the birchbark over a cedar frame’
    as modifier ‘birchbark baskets’
    • ‘In 1855, HBC Chief Factor James Anderson and Chief Trader James Stewart approached from the south, via the estuary of the Great Fish River [now the Back River], in two birchbark canoes.’
    • ‘On his head he wore a conical hat made of birchbark.’
    • ‘Although these canoes are covered with birchbark, this skin, like that of a kayak, is stretched over a framework of ribs and spars.’
    • ‘In this text Vizenor attempts to balance the issues of heard language and literary language as well as the codification of bear presences that are also present in the traditional birchbark scrolls.’
    • ‘Postwar aluminum canoes not only were built out of an entirely new and different material, but were also shaped by heavy-duty industrial machinery rather than crafted by hand, as were birchbark and wood and canvas canoes.’
    • ‘The finished bows (with an exception of Turkish flight bows) were richly decorated with painted and gilded leather or birchbark.’
    • ‘Larger cod tend to be found farther to sea, moreover, so the effect of fishing on the mean adult size of cod should have been relatively low in the era of birchbark canoes.’