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  1. 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.
  2. the tree itself.
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Origin of tamarind

1525–35; < Medieval Latin tamarindusArabic tamr hindī literally, Indian date
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  1. a leguminous tropical evergreen tree, Tamarindus indica, having pale yellow red-streaked flowers and brown pulpy pods, each surrounded by a brittle shell
  2. the acid fruit of this tree, used as a food and to make beverages and medicines
  3. the wood of this tree
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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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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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