[L. larix.] A cone-bearing tree, common in Europe, Asia, and North America. The European larch attains a height of from 60 to 100 feet, with a trunk of from 3 to 4 feet in diameter. The larch grows rapidly, and is considered to be fit for every useful purpose in forty years' growth. The wood is compact and strong, of a reddish or brown tinge, and is used for railway sleepers, hop-poles, scaffold-poles, and for ship-building. The bark is used for tanning leather. The American larch, or hackmatack, or tamarack, as it is sometimes called, is a slender tree, but its wood is heavy and cross-grained, and highly valued for ship-building and for railway ties.