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crepe myrtle

noun
Origin of crepe myrtle
1840-1850
1840-50

crape myrtle

or crepe 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.
Origin
1840-50, Americanism
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  • She had thrown back her head, and, half turned, was looking toward the crepe-myrtle tree from which the faint odor came.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • He rode off and left her standing with her head still thrown back, her thoughtful face drinking in the odor of the crepe-myrtle.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • Travis did not understand, for no crepe-myrtle had ever come into his life.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • But, O mystic odor of the crepe-myrtle—O love which never dies—how differently it grows and lives and blooms!

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • How long they sat on the rustic bench under the crepe-myrtle they did not know.

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  • The death song of the crepe-myrtle, aroused by a south wind suddenly awakened, smote her painfully.

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British Dictionary definitions for crepe-myrtle

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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