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tamarisk

Hebrew: eshel; Arabic: asal

(Gen. 21:33; 1 Sam. 22:6; 31:13, in the Revised Version; but in Authorized 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” (Tristram's Natural History).