Origin of hackmatack
- Earlier hakmantak, hacmontac perhaps from Western Abenaki
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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)”).