Definition of alerce in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈləːsi/


A cypress tree that is valued for its timber.
  • Several species in the family Cupressaceae.
Example sentences
  • The Edenic Río Manso Valley, at the southern tip of South America, is pure Patagonia - high, open country surrounded by ancient alerce forests (think redwoods) and populated by gauchos and trout.
  • Although the alerce (larch) is the dominant tree, the park also has other species.
  • The alerce is unique to the coastal temperate rainforests of southern Chile and the mountains of western Argentina.


Mid 19th century: from Spanish, 'larch'.

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