\ 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 Grey clouds softened the outlines of the larch trees above the French Alpine village. The Economist, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 2019 The resolutely modern design was highlighted by a peaked trellis of Siberian larch that sweeps over five small concrete structures. Blair Kamin,, "Best in architecture in 2019: Notre Dame saved, Wright honored, Old Post Office revived," 11 Dec. 2019 Herzschuh found that certain larch species did not shift northward as the planet warmed after the last ice age, despite preferring a colder climate. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "DNA recovered from Arctic lakes holds clues for our future world," 10 Dec. 2019 Eastern larch beetle, which attacks tamarack trees. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "U of M center battles hungry invasives," 2 Dec. 2019 The European strain is known to infect different types of trees than the California version, including beech and larch trees. Peter Fimrite,, "Sudden oak death spreading fast, California’s coastal forests facing devastation," 7 Nov. 2019 The east side of the park is dominated by aspens, while the west side features the western larch, a conifer exclusive to the Inland Northwest. Justin Franz, The Know, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself," 1 Sep. 2019 The best time for viewing seasonal color is fall, when the larch trees—the only coniferous trees to lose their needles in winter—turn yellow. National Geographic, "Banff National Park," 30 Sep. 2019 About 50 million spruce trees are believed to have perished, with extensive damage to larch, oak, beech and pine varieties, according to Gert-Jan Nabuurs, forestry expert at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Helene Fouquet And William Wilkes / Bloomberg, Time, "Climate Change Is Devastating the Lush Gardens of Versailles," 21 Sep. 2019

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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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31 Dec 2019

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“Larch.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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