Origin of larch

1540–50; earlier larche < Middle High GermanLatin laric- (stem of larix) larch
Related formslarch·er, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for larch

Historical Examples of larch

  • I remarked the beech and larch seemed to get beyond the rest.

    A Tour in Ireland

    Arthur Young

  • Certainly there must grow in your neighborhood some larch or spruce trees.

  • “There's a larch for you,” cries Chilvern, in admiration of a gigantic fir-tree.

    Happy-Thought Hall

    F. C. Burnand

  • She jumped on the first branches of the larch, still holding Louis's hand.


    S. R. Crockett

  • In one spot there were some that resembled English larch, and these were almost bare.

    The Long Portage

    Harold Bindloss

British Dictionary definitions for larch


  1. any coniferous tree of the genus Larix, having deciduous needle-like leaves and egg-shaped cones: family Pinaceae
  2. the wood of any of these trees

Word Origin for larch

C16: from German Lärche, ultimately from Latin larix
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Word Origin and History for larch

1540s, from German Lärche, from Middle High German larche, from Old High German *larihha, from Latin larix (genitive laricis), probably a loan-word from an Alpine Gaulish language, corresponding phonetically to Old Celtic *darik- "oak" (see Druid and tree).

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