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tamarisk

[ tam-uh-risk ]
/ ˈtæm ə rɪsk /
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noun
any Old World tropical plant of the genus Tamarix, especially T. gallica, an ornamental Mediterranean shrub or small tree having slender, feathery branches.
a shrub or small tree, Tamarix chinensis, of Eurasia, having scalelike leaves and clusters of pink flowers, naturalized in the southwestern U.S., where it has become a troublesome weed.
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Origin of tamarisk

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English tamariscus, from Late Latin, variant of Latin tamarīc-, stem tamarix; further origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for tamarisk

tamarisk
/ (ˈtæmərɪsk) /

noun
any of various ornamental trees and shrubs of the genus Tamarix, of the Mediterranean region and S and SE Asia, having scalelike leaves, slender branches, and feathery clusters of pink or whitish flowers: family Tamaricaceae

Word Origin for tamarisk

C15: from Late Latin tamariscus, from Latin tamarix
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