noun Etymology: Middle English tamarisc, from Late Latin tamariscus, from Latin tamaric-, tamarix Date: 14th century any of a genus (Tamarix of the family Tamaricaceae, the tamarisk family) of chiefly Old World desert shrubs and trees having tiny narrow leaves and masses of minute flowers with five stamens and a one-celled ovary — called also salt cedar

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  • TAMARISK — (Heb. אֵשֶׁל, eshel). Several species of the genus Tamarix grow wild in Israel. The tree resembles the cypress in that its leaves are very small and in one species are barely visible. Unlike the cypress, however, the tamarisk belongs to the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Tamarisk — Tam a*risk, n. [L. tamariscus, also tamarix, tamarice, Skr. tam[=a]la, tam[=a]laka, a tree with a very dark bark; cf. tamas darkness: cf. F. tamarisc, tamarix, tamaris.] (Bot.) Any shrub or tree of the genus {Tamarix}, the species of which are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tamarisk — [tam′ə risk] n. [ME tamarisc < LL tamariscus, for L tamarix] any of a genus (Tamarix) of small trees or shrubs of the tamarisk family with slender branches and feathery flower clusters, common near salt water and often grown for a windbreak… …   English World dictionary

  • tamarisk — (n.) southern European evergreen shrub, c.1400, from L.L. tamariscus, variant of tamarix, of unknown origin, probably a borrowing from a non I.E. language, perhaps related to Heb. tamar palm tree, date palm (see TAMARIND (Cf. tamarind)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tamarisk — ► NOUN ▪ a shrub or small tree with tiny scale like leaves borne on slender branches. ORIGIN Latin tamariscus, variant of tamarix …   English terms dictionary

  • tamarisk — UK [ˈtæmərɪsk] / US noun [countable] Word forms tamarisk : singular tamarisk plural tamarisks a large bush with stiff leaves and pink or white flowers …   English dictionary

  • tamarisk — prancūzinis eglūnas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Eglūninių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Tamarix gallica), paplitęs pietų Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Tamarix gallica angl. French tamarisk; tamarisk vok. französische Tamariske; …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • tamarisk — /tam euh risk/, n. 1. any Old World tropical plant of the genus Tamarix, esp. 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 …   Universalium

  • tamarisk — [[t]tæ̱mərɪsk[/t]] tamarisks N COUNT A tamarisk is a bush or small tree which grows mainly around the Mediterranean and in Asia, and has pink or white flowers …   English dictionary

  • tamarisk — eglūnas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Eglūninių (Tamaricaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Tamarix). atitikmenys: lot. Tamarix angl. tamarisk vok. Tamariske rus. гребенщик; тамариск lenk. tamaryszek …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

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