Tamarisk definition

tămə-rĭsk
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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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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Designating a family (Tamaricaceae, order Violales) of small, dicotyledonous shrubs and trees.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tamarisk
Plural:
tamarisks

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition