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[lahrch] /lɑrtʃ/
any coniferous tree of the genus Larix, yielding a tough durable wood.
the wood of such a tree.
Origin of larch
1540-50; earlier larche < Middle High GermanLatin laric- (stem of larix) larch
Related forms
larcher, adjective Unabridged
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  • They adhere to the tree throughout the year, while the leaves of the larch and cypress shed in the fall.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
  • I remarked the beech and larch seemed to get beyond the rest.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • Construction: diagonal principle, Dantzic oak without, horizontal planking of Italian larch.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • In one spot there were some that resembled English larch, and these were almost bare.

    The Long Portage Harold Bindloss
  • It was only eight o'clock when he came by the larch Hill earth, and examined the marks outside.

    Lives of the Fur Folk M. D. Haviland
  • The result is apparent in the rate of growth after the larch has passed its youth.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • For the rustic pillars of the portico G (Fig. 145) nothing will be more suitable than larch poles about 4½ in.

    Rustic Carpentry Paul N. Hasluck
  • The plants included in this section, with the exception of the larch, are evergreens.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • A new railroad touched it at one edge, and real-estate dealers left off fighting about larch Avenue.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
  • The leaves resemble those of the larch, but they are not deciduous.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
British Dictionary definitions for larch


any coniferous tree of the genus Larix, having deciduous needle-like leaves and egg-shaped cones: family Pinaceae
the wood of any of these trees
Word Origin
C16: from German Lärche, ultimately from Latin larix
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Word Origin and History for larch

1540s, from German Lärche, from Middle High German larche, from Old High German *larihha, from Latin larix (genitive laricis), probably a loan-word from an Alpine Gaulish language, corresponding phonetically to Old Celtic *darik- "oak" (see Druid and tree).

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