1. 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
2. designating a family (Tamaricaceae, order Violales) of small, dicotyledonous shrubs and trees
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Word origin of 'tamarisk'ME tamarisc < LL tamariscus, for L tamarix