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Other Word Forms of Hackmatack
Origin of Hackmatack
In the 19th century, some authorities questioned if tacamahac, tamarack, and hackmatack could be cognate to one another, perhaps all corruptions of one term, but such cognancy is unlikely.
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)”).
Earlier hakmantak, hacmontac perhaps from Western Abenaki
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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