American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several deciduous, coniferous trees of the genus Larix, having needlelike leaves clustered on short shoots and heavy, durable wood.
- n. The wood of these trees.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any coniferous tree of the genus Larix. The common larch of Europe, L. Europæa, is native in the Alps and their vicinity and is frequently cultivated in England and the United States. It is of an elegant, conical growth, and its wood is tough, buoyant, elastic, and extremely durable. The tree yields Venetian turpentine, and its bark is used in tanning and dyeing. The American or black larch is L. Americana, the tamarack or hackmatack. The larch of northwestern America is L. occidentalis. The Chinese or golden larch is L. (Pseudolarix) Kæmpferi. The Himalayan larch, L. Griffithii, yields a soft but durable timber. The Corsican larch is Pinus Laricio.
- n. A commercial name for the lumber of the noble fir, Abies nobilis. See noble fir.
- n. countable A coniferous tree, of genus Larix, having deciduous leaves, in fascicles.
- n. uncountable The wood of the larch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of coniferous trees, having deciduous leaves, in fascicles (see
- n. wood of a larch tree
- n. any of numerous conifers of the genus Larix all having deciduous needlelike leaves
- From Latin larix. (Wiktionary)
- German Lärche, from Middle High German larche, from Latin larix, laric-. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Our deciduous evergreens tamaracks, also called larch and hackmatack are filling in with fresh bright needles, some white water-flower was blooming spikes out in the bog, and white lady-slipper orchids bloomed right at the edge of the road.”
“A gum called larch-tree sulphur, chewed by both natives and settlers, is also obtained from these forests.”
“My larch is a weeping variety that has been trained to grow in an upward spiral.”
“A piece of dry wood, as much as a cubit, stands over the ground, either of oak or of larch, which is not rotted by rain; and two white stones are placed on either side, in the narrow part of the way;  but the racecourse around is level: either it is the monument  of some man long since dead, or perhaps it has been a goal in the time of former men, and now swift-footed noble Achilles has appointed it the goal.”
“Some rare poppies and buttercups have also been found in addition to small amounts of arboreal material such as larch needles, willows, and tree bark.”
“I agree that it is primarily Engelman spruce sites that have not been archived and I've accordingly changed "larch" to "Engelman spruce" in the post.”
“Personlly, I'd buy the tamarack definition: the words are fairly similar, and the further north you go into NH and Maine, the more you hear "larch" called "tamarack".”
“When a man set out to build a tannery, he used to go into the woods where he could be sure of enough oak trees to supply him for many years with the bark from which tannin is made; but it has been found that the bark of several other kinds of trees, such as larch, chestnut, spruce, pine, and hemlock, will tan as well as that of oak.”
“Around four hectares of invasive rhododendron is being eradicated and one hectare of other non-native species such as larch is being thinned out.”
“Today, by comparison, they are increasingly a blend of native broadleaf species, such as larch, oak, willow and ash, with neat rows of Douglas firs and Sitka spruces.”
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