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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.

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Origin of alerce

First recorded in 1770–80; from Spanish, an extended meaning of alerce “European larch” (Larix decidua), influenced by Arabic al-ʾarz “the cypress, larch”; see origin at larch
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British Dictionary definitions for alerce

alerce
/ (əˈlɜːs, æˈlɜːsɪ) /

noun

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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