tamarack

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Believed to derive from an Algonquian word.[1]

In the 19th century, some authorities questioned if tacamahac, tamarack, and hackmatack could be cognate to one another, perhaps all corruptions of one term, but such cognacy is unlikely.[2]

Noun[edit]

tamarack ‎(plural tamaracks)

  1. Any of several North American larches, of the genus Larix; the wood from such a tree
    • 2005, Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road, Penguin 2008, p. 36:
      The women peeled tamarack bark for tea, dug through the deep snow in hopes of finding a few dried fiddleheads.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ tamarack” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. ^ 1902, Journal of American Folklore, volume 15, page 260