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  1. any Old World tropical plant of the genus Tamarix, especially T. gallica, an ornamental Mediterranean shrub or small tree having slender, feathery branches.
  2. 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

1350–1400; Middle English tamariscus < Late Latin, variant of Latin tamarix, perhaps of Hamitic orig.
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Examples from the Web for tamarisk

Historical Examples

  • The air smelled sweet in the shade of the tamarisk; there was ineffable peace.

    The Patrician

    John Galsworthy

  • But all that came was the sigh of the sea, and of the wind in the tamarisk.

    The Patrician

    John Galsworthy

  • The scenery was varied by thickets of mimosas, with here and there a baobab or a tamarisk.

    Some Heroes of Travel

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • The dom palm, tamarisk, acacia and wild senna are also found.

  • The tamarisk flowers have more color in them than your face.

    In the Roar of the Sea

    Sabine Baring-Gould

British Dictionary definitions for tamarisk


  1. 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
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Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin tamariscus, from Latin tamarix
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Word Origin and History for tamarisk


southern European evergreen shrub, c.1400, from Late Latin tamariscus, variant of tamarix, of unknown origin, probably a borrowing from a non-Indo-European language, perhaps related to Hebrew tamar "palm tree, date palm" (see tamarind).

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