- balsam poplar
- the wood of these trees
Origin of hackmatack; from Amerindian (Algonquian)
Origin of hackmatackEarlier hakmantak, hacmontac, perhaps from Western Abenaki.
- A larch, a tree of the species Larix laricina.
- A balsam poplar, a tree of the species Populus balsamifera.
Believed to derive from Abenaki, though no specific etymon has been found. The term is first attested in the 1760s–90s, when it was spelled hakmantak and referred to dense forest.
Compare the late 19th century German Low German term Hackemtackem (“tacamahac (medicinal resin)”).