any of a genus (Tamarix) of small trees or shrubs of the tamarisk family with slender branches and feathery flower clusters, common near salt water and often grown for a windbreak
Origin of tamariskMiddle English tamarisc ; from Late Latin tamariscus, for Classical Latin tamarix
designating a family (Tamaricaceae, order Violales) of small, dicotyledonous shrubs and trees
Any of numerous shrubs or small trees of the genus Tamarix, native to Africa and Eurasia and widely naturalized in western North America, having small scalelike leaves and racemes of small pinkish flowers and usually growing in saline soil. Also called salt cedar.
Origin of tamariskMiddle English tamarisc, from Late Latin tamariscus, variant of Latin tamar&imacron;x, tamar&imacron;c-; probably from an unknown Mediterranean source akin to Greek murik&emacron;.