- the wood of the sandarac tree.
- a Chilean evergreen tree, Fitzroya cupressoides, having furrowed, reddish bark and overlapping leaves.
- an incense cedar, Austrocedrus chilensis, of Chile.
Origin of alerce
1835–45; < Spanish < Arabic al-arz the cypress
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Alerce, a-lers′, n. the wood of the sandarac-tree: the Chilian Arbor vit—both of the pine family.
On the higher parts, brushwood takes the place of larger trees, with here and there a red cedar or an alerce pine.A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World
- the wood of the sandarac tree
- a cupressus-like Chilean pine, Fitzroya cupressoides, cut for timber
Spanish: larch, from Latin larix, influenced by Arabic al-arz
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