\ ˈlärch How to pronounce larch (audio) \

Definition of larch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of a genus (Larix) of northern hemisphere trees of the pine family with short fascicled deciduous leaves also : the wood of a larch


geographical name
\ ˈlärch How to pronounce Larch (audio) \

Definition of Larch (Entry 2 of 2)

river 270 miles (434 kilometers) long in western Quebec, Canada, flowing northeast to unite with the Caniapiskau River forming the Koksoak River

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Examples of larch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The open kitchen and dining room have a breakfast island, bespoke stainless steel appliances, custom storage units, and a Siberian larch wood wall that creates a beautiful contrast with the heated concrete floors throughout the home. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 15 Dec. 2021 By the early 1980s, all larch trees within 40 miles east of Norilsk were dead. NBC News, 28 Nov. 2021 Its 360,000 acres contain 31 peaks over 8,000 feet, 60 alpine lakes and vast expanses of fir, larch and limber pine. Brian Smale, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 Carved from a single larch tree with 159 growth rings, the object itself was likely crafted around 12,100 years ago, at the end of the Last Ice Age, reports Michelle Starr for Science Alert. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Mar. 2021 Given the speed with which larch logs rot and warp, the researchers determined that the idol was fashioned from a tree that had just been cut. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2021 Made entirely of Swiss materials — including zinc roofing and exterior cladding fashioned from larch — the chalets also feature solid cedar tables by the Italian design studio Durame and raw fiber bed frames by the Swiss sleep company Elite. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2021 Overhead, Japanese larch created a canopy for the sugar maples, which are a prime indicator species for ginseng. Emily Cataneo/undark, Popular Science, 9 Nov. 2020 Overhead, Japanese larch created a canopy for the sugar maples, which are a prime indicator species for ginseng. Emily Cataneo/undark, Popular Science, 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of larch


1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for larch


probably from German Lärche, from Middle High German lerche, from Latin laric-, larix

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English Language Learners Definition of larch

: a type of tree that is related to the pines and that drops its needles in the winter


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Kids Definition of larch

: a tree related to the pine that sheds its needles each fall

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