[ tam-uh-rind ]

  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.

Origin of tamarind

1525–35; <Medieval Latin tamarindus ≪ Arabic tamr hindī literally, Indian date

Words Nearby tamarind

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How to use tamarind in a sentence

  • During the boiling the buri must be tightly covered with tamarind leaves and not be allowed to project from the water.

    Philippine Mats | Hugo H. Miller
  • He was sitting beneath the shade of his favourite resort, the tamarind-tree, when he made this resolve.

    Martin Rattler | R.M. Ballantyne
  • The tamarind consists of a brown-shelled pod that contains a brown acid pulp and from three to ten seeds.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • At a little hole-in-the-wall stand on Virtudes Street he bought a glass of mouth-puckering tamarind juice.

    The Five Arrows | Allan Chase

British Dictionary definitions for tamarind


/ (ˈtæmərɪnd) /

  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

  1. the wood of this tree

Origin of 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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