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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large, long-lived coniferous evergreen tree (Fitzroya cupressoides) native to the temperate rainforests of southern Chile and neighboring parts of Argentina.
  • noun The reddish-brown wood of this tree.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name given in Spain to wood used by the Moors in their edifices, obtained from the sandarac-tree of Morocco, Callitris quadrivalvis. See Callitris.
  • noun Same as alerce-tree.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[American Spanish, from Spanish, larch, from Arabic al-’arz, the cedar (influenced in meaning by Latin larix) : al-, the + ’arz, cedar; see ℵrz in Semitic roots.]

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