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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. Also called salt cedar.
[Middle English tamarisc, from Late Latin tamariscus, variant of Latin tamarīx, tamarīc-; probably from an unknown Mediterranean source akin to Greek murikē.]
(Plants) 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
[C15: from Late Latin tamariscus, from Latin tamarix]
tam•a•risk(ˈtæm ə rɪsk)
any of several small trees or shrubs of the genus Tamarix, and family Tamaricaceae, having slender branches bearing small leaves and feathery flower clusters.
[1350–1400; Middle English tamariscus < Late Latin, variant of Latin tamarix, perhaps < an African source]
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|Noun||1.||tamarisk - any shrub or small tree of the genus Tamarix having small scalelike or needle-shaped leaves and feathery racemes of small white or pinkish flowers; of mostly coastal areas with saline soil|
genus Tamarix, Tamarix - genus of deciduous shrubs or small trees of eastern Mediterranean regions and tropical Asia