[ tam-uh-rind ]
/ ˈtæm ə rɪnd /


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 tamarindusArabic tamr hindī literally, Indian date
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British Dictionary definitions for tamarind


/ (ˈtæmərɪnd) /


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

Word Origin for tamarind

C16: from Medieval Latin tamarindus, ultimately from Arabic tamr hindī Indian date, from tamr date + hindī Indian, from Hind India
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