crape myrtle


crape myrtle
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.
[1840-50, Amer.]

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Shrub (Lagerstroemia indica) of the loosestrife family, native to China and other tropical and subtropical countries and widely grown in warm regions for its flowers.

About 25 varieties are cultivated, known primarily by the color of their clustered flowers, which range from white to pink, red, lavender, and bluish.

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  • Crape myrtle — Crape Crape (kr[=a]p), n. [F. cr[^e]pe, fr. L. crispus curled, crisped. See {Crisp}.] A thin, crimped stuff, made of raw silk gummed and twisted on the mill. Black crape is much used for mourning garments, also for the dress of some clergymen.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crape myrtle — n. an tall East Indian and Chinese shrub ({Lagerstroemia indica} of the loosestrife family, commonly planted in Southern and Western U. S. as an ornamental shrub. It has clusters of red, white, purple, or pink flowers. Syn: crepe myrtle, crepe… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crape myrtle — ☆ crape myrtle n. [so named because of its crinkled, crepelike flowers] an ornamental shrub (Lagerstroemia indica) of the loosestrife family, widely grown in the S U.S., with usually pinkish flowers …   English World dictionary

  • crape myrtle — indinė krausva statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Raudoklinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Lagerstroemia indica), paplitęs rytų ir pietryčių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Lagerstroemia indica angl. crape myrtle; crepe myrtle; crepeflower… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • crape myrtle — crape′ or crepe myrtle n. pln a tall, ornamental Chinese shrub, Lagerstroemia indica, of the loosestrife family, having clusters of crinkled pink, purple, or white flowers • Etymology: 1840–50, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • crape myrtle — noun ornamental shrub from eastern India commonly planted in the southern United States • Syn: ↑crepe myrtle, ↑crepe flower, ↑Lagerstroemia indica • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • crape myrtle — noun Date: 1850 an Asian shrub (Lagerstroemia indica) of the loosestrife family widely grown in warm regions for its flowers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • crape myrtle — noun Any of the genus Lagerstroemia, family Lythraceae, shrubs or small trees, certain of which are ornamental, bearing big gaudy blooms …   Wiktionary

  • Crape myrtle — Lagerstroemia (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary


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