Definition of larch
: any of a genus (Larix) of northern hemisphere trees of the pine family with short fascicled deciduous leaves; also : the wood of a larch
Recent Examples of larch from the Web
The wormlike larvae of the larch sawfly stripped almost all the adult trees of their needles in the mid to late 1990s.
Larch attributes the growth to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, which contaminated much of the seaweed-rich waters around Japan.
Figaro had already mastered larch wood and a bamboo twig.
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Origin and Etymology of larch
probably from German Lärche, from Middle High German lerche, from Latin laric-, larix
First Known Use: 1548See Words from the same year
Definition of Larch
river 270 miles (434 kilometers) long in western Quebec, Canada, flowing northeast to unite with the Caniapiskau River forming the Koksoak River
LARCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of larch for English Language Learners
: a type of tree that is related to the pines and that drops its needles in the winter
LARCH Defined for Kids
Definition of larch for Students
: a tree related to the pine that sheds its needles each fall
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