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.
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.
Any of several shrubs, of the genus Tamarix, native to arid regions in Eurasia and Africa, often invasive in other arid regions.
Designating a family (Tamaricaceae, order Violales) of small, dicotyledonous shrubs and trees.
Origin of tamarisk
Middle English tamariscfrom Late Latin tamariscusvariant of Latin tamarīxtamarīc-probably from an unknown Mediterranean source akin to Greek murikē
A fine tamarisk, traces of a church (which is mentioned in the 8th century), and a large reservoir, now filled up with mud, remain.
In the broad sandy wadi beds the tamarisk (athl) is everywhere found; its wood is used for making domestic implements of all sorts.
The country is naturally treeless, except for the tamarisk, which grows by the swamps and along the river-beds.
The swamps are full of huge reeds, bordered with tamarisk jungles, and in its lower reaches, where the water stretches out into great marshes, the river is clogged with a growth of agrostis.
Though almost waterless, it is in fact better wooded and richer in pasture than any part of the Hamad; the sand-hills are dotted with ghada, a species of tamarisk, and other bushes, and several grasses and succulent plants - among them the adar, on which sheep are said to feed for a month without requiring water - are found in abundance in good seasons.