alerce


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a·ler·ce

 (ä-lûr′sĕ, -sā)
n.
1. A large, long-lived coniferous evergreen tree (Fitzroya cupressoides) native to the temperate rainforests of southern Chile and neighboring parts of Argentina.
2. The reddish-brown wood of this tree.

[American Spanish, from Spanish, larch, from Arabic al-'arz, the cedar (influenced in meaning by Latin larix) : al-, the + 'arz, cedar; see ʔrz in Semitic roots.]
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alerce

(əˈlɜːs; æˈlɜːsɪ)
n
1. (Forestry) the wood of the sandarac tree
2. (Plants) a cupressus-like Chilean pine, Fitzroya cupressoides, cut for timber
[Spanish: larch, from Latin larix, influenced by Arabic al-arz]
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On the higher parts, brushwood takes the place of larger trees, with here and there a red cedar or an alerce pine.
With that change go the variety and splendor of Chilean hardwoods such as alerce, araucaria and coihue, which take decades, even a century, to mature.
Leaving Cochamo, the trail cuts through thick alerce forests and skirts upland lakes, including the remote, cobalt-blue Lake Vidal.
Bariloche: Rapidos Rio Alerce, 900 m s.m., 27-XI-1974, Rechencq s.n.
It has been involved in forestry issues for more than 20 years, working to protect native hardwoods (sought for export as wood chips), the unique araucaria or Chilean pine (Araucaria araucana, designated a national monument in March 1990 by President Patricio Aylwin), and the last remaining stands of alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides).