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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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Examples from the Web for larch
Historical Examples
  • I remarked the beech and larch seemed to get beyond the rest.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • Certainly there must grow in your neighborhood some larch or spruce trees.

  • “There's a larch for you,” cries Chilvern, in admiration of a gigantic fir-tree.

    Happy-Thought Hall F. C. Burnand
  • She jumped on the first branches of the larch, still holding Louis's hand.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • In one spot there were some that resembled English larch, and these were almost bare.

    The Long Portage Harold Bindloss
  • The result is apparent in the rate of growth after the larch has passed its youth.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The Venice turpentine comes from the resinous sap of the larch.

    A Report on Washington Territory William Henry Ruffner
  • The larch, which is the most valuable, passes into Argentine territory at few places.

    The Argentine Republic

    Pierre Denis
  • The plants included in this section, with the exception of the larch, are evergreens.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • 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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