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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Tamarisk,
 
from a Hebrew word meaning to cleanse, so called from its abstersive qualities. The Romans wreathed the brows of criminals with tamarisk. The Arabs make cakes called manna of the hardened juice extracted from this tree.   1
 


 Tam-o’-Shanter’s Mare.Tame Cat (A). 

 
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