Any of several North American trees, especially the tamarack.
The wood of these trees.
A balsam poplar, a tree of the species Populus balsamifera.
Other Word Forms
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)”).