- the pod of a large, tropical tree, Tamarindus indica, of the legume family, containing seeds enclosed in a juicy acid pulp that is used in beverages and food.
- the tree itself.
Origin of tamarind
1525–35; < Medieval Latin tamarindus ≪ Arabic tamr hindī literally, Indian date
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Examples from the Web for tamarind
Place the tamarind glaze in a squeeze bottle and drizzle decoratively over the top of the chop.5 Iconic Recipes From an Iconic Chef
May 12, 2011
Tamarind, or some very acid sauce is used to impart to it some flavour.British Borneo
W. H. Treacher
You must know that the tamarind was formerly a large tree, like the olive and walnut.Italian Popular Tales
Thomas Frederick Crane
In South Malabar there is not as a rule any procession to the tamarind tree.
She is sometimes, in addition, beaten on the back with tamarind switches.
Again a movement, this time among the branches of a tamarind tree.The Red Lure
Roy J. Snell
- a leguminous tropical evergreen tree, Tamarindus indica, having pale yellow red-streaked flowers and brown pulpy pods, each surrounded by a brittle shell
- the acid fruit of this tree, used as a food and to make beverages and medicines
- the wood of this tree
C16: from Medieval Latin tamarindus, ultimately from Arabic tamr hindī Indian date, from tamr date + hindī Indian, from Hind India
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Word Origin and History for tamarind
by c.1400, ultimately from Arabic tamr hindi, literally "date of India." First element cognate with Hebrew tamar "palm tree, date palm."
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