tamarack

noun

tam·​a·​rack ˈta-mə-ˌrak How to pronounce tamarack (audio)
ˈtam-rak
1
: any of several American larches
especially : a larch (Larix laricina) of northern North America that inhabits usually moist or wet areas
2
: the wood of a tamarack

Examples of tamarack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to local lore, the tamarack was taken by Behring as a sign that transplanted people would flourish here too. Miami Herald, 16 Apr. 2024 At sunset, the collaborators gathered beneath a tamarack tree for a dinner of ingredients grown or raised on the land, including lamb and cactus. Brett Anderson Adam Riding, New York Times, 8 May 2023 At the time, my attention was on a carpet of yellow flowers highlighting a field of perpendicular black lines, the mast-like trunks of dead, burned tamarack pine. Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2022 Its hummock was part of a wetland spiked with tamarack saplings and carpeted with wild cranberries. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 14 Aug. 2022 Stroll along an elevated boardwalk above a spruce-tamarack bog at Lake Bemidji State Park, which is also the northern trailhead for the 115-mile-long multiuse Paul Bunyan State Trail. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2022 About 90% of the state's tamarack trees have been killed off in just the past five years. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 Instead of trekking into the forests of Canada, a birder can fly into the Duluth airport and within an hour be in the old-growth tamarack and black spruce bogs, which the owls favor. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, 31 Mar. 2021 While getting some outdoor exercise, participants will see tamarack trees, a type of deciduous pine, floating on a mat of sphagnum moss, according to naturalist Stacy Iwanicki, who leads the walks. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 21 Dec. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

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First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tamarack was in 1805

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“Tamarack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tamarack. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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tamarack

noun
tam·​a·​rack ˈtam-(ə-)ˌrak How to pronounce tamarack (audio)
1
: any of several American larches
especially : one of the northern U.S. and Canada
2
: the wood of a tamarack

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