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  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.
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Origin of alerce

1835–45; < Spanish < Arabic al-arz the cypress
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Examples from the Web for alerce

Historical Examples

  • Alerce, a-lers′, n. the wood of the sandarac-tree: the Chilian Arbor vit—both of the pine family.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • On the higher parts, brushwood takes the place of larger trees, with here and there a red cedar or an alerce pine.

British Dictionary definitions for alerce


  1. the wood of the sandarac tree
  2. a cupressus-like Chilean pine, Fitzroya cupressoides, cut for timber
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Word Origin

Spanish: larch, from Latin larix, influenced by Arabic al-arz
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