Tamarisk meaning

tăm'ə-rĭsk'
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.
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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.
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Any of several shrubs, of the genus Tamarix, native to arid regions in Eurasia and Africa, often invasive in other arid regions.
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Designating a family (Tamaricaceae, order Violales) of small, dicotyledonous shrubs and trees.
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Origin of tamarisk

Middle English tamarisc from Late Latin tamariscus variant of Latin tamarīx tamarīc- probably from an unknown Mediterranean source akin to Greek murikē