Any of a number of North American coniferous trees, in particular the tamarack.
- The time has come for the hackmatacks to turn golden before shedding their needles for the winter.
- Here, among the alders and young hackmatacks, at the foot of the apple tree, Lennie had dug a beautiful hole, five feet long, three feet wide, three feet deep.
- There is also oak, and maple, beech and hackmatacks.
Late 18th century: perhaps from Western Abnaki akemantak 'snowshoe-conifer'.
For editors and proofreaders
Definition of hackmatack in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.