Definition of alerce
1 : the wood of the sandarac tree of Morocco
2 : a slow-growing evergreen tree (Fitzroya cupressoides) of southern Chile and Argentina ) that has small, scalelike leaves in whorls of three, furrowed, reddish bark, irregular branching, and small, roundish cones composed of nine scales and that is highly valued for its durable, reddish-brown wood —called also Patagonian cypress
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Origin and Etymology of alerce
Spanish alerce larch, from Arabic al-arz the larch
First Known Use: 1825See Words from the same year
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