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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
TAMARISK ( ’Ã§shel ). This name occurs in RV [Note: Revised Version.] (only) three times; Genesis 21:33 AV [Note: Authorized Version.] ‘ grove ,’ mg. ‘tree’; 1 Samuel 22:6 AV [Note: Authorized Version.] ‘tree,’ mg. ‘grove’; 1 Samuel 31:13 AV [Note: Authorized Version.] ‘tree.’ The RV [Note: Revised Version.] rendering is based upon an identification of the Heb. ’Ã§shel with the Arab. [Note: Arabic.] ’Ã¢thl . RVm [Note: Revised Version margin.] gives ‘tamarisk’ for heath of EV [Note: English Version.] in Jeremiah 17:6 (cf. Jeremiah 48:6 ), but probably a species of juniper is intended here. There are some eight species of tamarisks in Palestine; they are most common in the Maritime Plain and the Jordan Valley. Though mostly but shrubs, some species attain to the size of large trees. They are characterized by their brittle feathery branches and minute scale-like leaves.
E. W. G. Masterman.
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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Tamarisk'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/t/tamarisk.html. 1909.