Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous African and Eurasian shrubs or small trees of the genus Tamarix, having small scalelike leaves and racemes of white, pink, or red flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several shrubs, of the genus Tamarix, native to the Mediterranean. Introduced into the United States as an ornamental plant, it is now a weed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any shrub or tree of the genus Tamarix, the species of which are European and Asiatic. They have minute scalelike leaves, and small flowers in spikes. An Arabian species (Tamarix mannifera) is the source of one kind of manna.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Tamarix: sometimes called flowering cypress.
  • n. Any plant of the order Tamariscincæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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

Etymologies

Middle English tamarisc, from Late Latin tamariscus, variant of Latin tamarīx, tamarīc-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Lord as on another occasion (Nu 11: 31). and in the morning ... a small round thing ... manna -- There is a gum of the same name distilled in this desert region from the tamarisk, which is much prized by the natives, and preserved carefully by those who gather it.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The Colorado River is in extreme stress from an invasive non-native shrub called the tamarisk, which was sourced from the eastern Mediterranean to stabilize erosion of riverbeds.

    Lead Stories from AOL

  • The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service last week formally ended its program of releasing saltcedar leaf beetles to eat saltcedar, also known as tamarisk, in 13 states:

    AroundTheCapitol.com

  • In fact, they have been so successful in central Asia that in some areas, it is hard to find tamarisk, which is still prized as an ornamental, Enstrom said.

    News/local from www.chieftain.com

  • Dan Bean, the Colorado Department of Agriculture's director of biological pest control, said 100,000 yellow-striped Diorhabda beetles have already been released along the Arkansas River to help contain the spread of a voracious weed called tamarisk, The Denver Post said Monday.

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  • Plants such as tamarisk (Tamarix sp.) and giant cane (Arundinaria gigantea) are outcompeting native species and replacing them along the banks of the river, thus greatly altering the riparian zone.

    Rio Grande, United States

  • I find with a little googling that it also refers to a kind of tamarisk tree in the American southwest, Olneya tesota, and to the Indian rose chestnut, Mesua sp.

    languagehat.com: HACKMATACK.

  • Salted foods or plants that tolerate salt such as tamarisk, which may have high salt concentrations in their leaves (section 5.6), should not be used in the compost pile.

    5. How plants live and grow

  • He added there is "lots of dry, dry fuel," such as tamarisk, oak brush and cattails.

    GJSentinel - Latest News Headlines

  • For years, Schnurr, a BLM ranger, has spearheaded efforts to remove pesky invasive tree and shrub species such as tamarisk, Russian olive, Russian knapweed and purple loosestrife.

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