or crepe myrtle
a tall Chinese shrub, Lagerstroemia indica, of the loosestrife family, having clusters of crinkled red, pink, purple, or white flowers, grown as an ornamental in the southern and western U.S.
Origin of crape myrtle
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for crape myrtle
an oriental lythraceous shrub, Lagerstroemia indica, cultivated in warm climates for its pink, red, or white flowers
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