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crape myrtle

noun
1.
a tall Chinese shrub, Lagerstroemia indica, of the loosestrife family, having clusters of crinkled red, pink, purple, or white flowers, grown as an ornamental in the southern and western U.S.
Also, crepe myrtle.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism
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crape myrtle

noun
1.
an oriental lythraceous shrub, Lagerstroemia indica, cultivated in warm climates for its pink, red, or white flowers
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