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  1. tamarack(def 1).
  2. balsam poplar.
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Origin of hackmatack

1765–75, Americanism; earlier hackmetack woods, hakmantak dense forest or interwoven shrubbery of tamarack or other conifers; probably < Western Abenaki
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Historical Examples of hackmatack

  • A small hollow, overrun with hackmatack, led up towards the spot.

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  • I ought not to have known what Edmeston said, or what Will Hackmatack said.

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    Edward Everett Hale

  • Will Hackmatack, who was with us, had a blister on his foot, so he went with the riding party.

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  • He made a hurried sign to the on-coming figure to follow him, ran ahead, and halted at last in the cover of a hackmatack bush.


    Bret Harte

  • Indeed, this is a common characteristic of the Hemlock, the Cedar, and the Hackmatack.