[ tam-uh-rak ]
/ ˈtæm əˌræk /


an American larch, Larix laricina, of the pine family, having a reddish-brown bark and crowded clusters of blue-green needles and yielding a useful timber.
any of several related, very similar trees.
the wood of these trees.

Nearby words

  1. tamandu,
  2. tamandua,
  3. tamar,
  4. tamara,
  5. tamarac,
  6. tamarao,
  7. tamarau,
  8. tamari,
  9. tamarillo,
  10. tamarin

Origin of tamarack

1795–1805, Americanism; compare Canadian French tamarac; assumed to be of Algonquian orig.

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British Dictionary definitions for tamarack


/ (ˈtæməˌræk) /


any of several North American larches, esp Larix laricina, which has reddish-brown bark, bluish-green needle-like leaves, and shiny oval cones
the wood of any of these trees

Word Origin for tamarack

C19: from Algonquian

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Word Origin and History for tamarack



North American red larch, 1805, probably of Algonquian origin (cf. synonymous hackmatack, 1792, from a source akin to Abenaki akemantak "a kind of supple wood used for making snowshoes").

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