\ˈlärch \

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 \

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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The rest of the exterior features Siberian larch wood and incorporates zinc and steel detailing. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "‘Floating’ modern home offers stunning cliffside views," 13 Aug. 2018 Recently, the park’s grasslands have been shown to reflect more sunlight than the surrounding larch forest, which will reduce the heat penetrating the ground. Paul Mann, Smithsonian, "Can Bringing Back Mammoths Help Stop Climate Change?," 14 May 2018 Next to Suchomimus, Huber and his team buried baskets of ferns and planted larch trees. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee zoo's dinosaur exhibit comes alive with flowers, plants and one avocado tree," 6 June 2018 Luckily, some are even available as rentals, like this sleek, minimalist construction clad in black larch slats that’s located on a peninsula off the coast of Scotland’s Isle of Skye. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Minimalist charred-timber getaway is available to rent," 31 May 2018 Built by Atelier Kunc, the saddle-roof structure is built from a charred larch that gives the facade a perfectly imperfect look. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Charred wood covers airy modern home," 25 May 2018 The materials include wide-plank oak floors, gray larch wood Bulthaup kitchen cabinets with White Princess quartzite counters, and master bathrooms with eucalyptus wood vanities and walls clad in Taj Mahal quartzite with a leather-textured finish. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "Two Twisting Towers Come to the Far West Side," 20 Apr. 2018 The idol stands at over 17 feet high, and is made out of larch wood. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "This Strange, Wooden Idol Is Twice as Old as Egyptian Pyramids," 28 Apr. 2018 As Andrew Curry reports for Science, researchers have reason to believe that a carved wooden statue standing more than 16 feet tall, originally unearthed in Russia in 1894, was likely made from a single larch tree log about 11,600 years ago. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Wooden Statue Found in Late 1890s Likely Dates Back More Than 11,000 Years," 27 Apr. 2018

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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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