Definition of alerce in English:



  • A cypress tree that is valued for its timber.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alerces are in the same family as the redwoods of California, and one of the primary goals of the park is to protect the remaining Alerces.’
    • ‘Although the alerce (larch) is the dominant tree, the park also has other species.’
    • ‘Alerce have been known to age in excess of 3,000 years, making them the second oldest tree on earth next to the white pine in California.’
    • ‘The alerce is unique to the coastal temperate rainforests of southern Chile and the mountains of western Argentina.’


Mid 19th century: from Spanish, larch.