alerce

[ uh-ler-suh ]
/ əˈlɛr sə /
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noun

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

/ (əˈlɜːs, æˈlɜːsɪ) /

noun

the wood of the sandarac tree
a cupressus-like Chilean pine, Fitzroya cupressoides, cut for timber

Word Origin for alerce

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