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[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.
Origin of tamarack
1795-1805, Americanism; compare Canadian French tamarac; assumed to be of Algonquian orig. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The joinings are made water-tight by a coating of tamarack gum put on hot, or by the pitch of the yellow pine.

  • But she began to confide in Tom after this evening of her return from the tamarack swamp.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • Odors of balsam and pine and tamarack came in a light, cool breeze up the river valley.

    A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller
  • The lumbermen have little use for the tamarack and so have passed it by.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • We sat skinning him where he had fallen at the edge of a grove of tamarack, and T—— conversed about the royal family of England.

  • "Here," he cried holding up the pieces of tamarack he had cut.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • She had no desire to have people hanging about the borders of the tamarack swamp, whether they had business there or not.

    Dusty Star Olaf Baker
  • In the course of time Kagh came to the edge of a tamarack swamp.

  • Frosty stalked and missed a rabbit, and made a wild spring at a grouse that was roosting in the lower branches of a tamarack.

    Swamp Cat James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • You can wear a long skirt to tamarack, but beyond it is a nuisance.

British Dictionary definitions for tamarack


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
C19: from Algonquian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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