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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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Examples from the web for tamarack
  • It's a sprawling marsh and bog-prime bird habitat-with a spruce-tamarack forest and some prairie areas.
  • However, some tamarack reproduction is taking place.
  • The tamarack swamp and boggy areas of the low ground contain interesting and unusual plants.
  • Most of the tamarack was rapidly logged off during early settlement to provide building materials and fire wood.
  • Today, little tamarack remains, and protecting that dwindling resource is an important management objective.
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
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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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