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alerce

[uh-ler-suh] /əˈlɛr sə/
noun
1.
the wood of the sandarac tree.
2.
a Chilean evergreen tree, Fitzroya cupressoides, having furrowed, reddish bark and overlapping leaves.
3.
an incense cedar, Austrocedrus chilensis, of Chile.
Origin of alerce
1835-1845
1835-45; < Spanish < Arabic al-arz the cypress
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alerce

/əˈlɜːs; æˈlɜːsɪ/
noun
1.
the wood of the sandarac tree
2.
a cupressus-like Chilean pine, Fitzroya cupressoides, cut for timber
Word Origin
Spanish: larch, from Latin larix, influenced by Arabic al-arz
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