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tamarisk

Hebrew: eshel; Arabic: asal

(Genesis 21:33; 1 Samuel 22:6; 31:13, in the Revised King James Version; but in King James Version, “grove,” “tree”)

Seven species of this tree are found in Israel. It is a “very graceful tree, with long feathery branches and tufts closely clad with the minutest of leaves, and surmounted in spring with spikes of beautiful pink blossoms, which seem to envelop the whole tree in one gauzy sheet of color” (Henry Baker Tristram, The Natural History of the Bible).