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[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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tamarind
  • If there is no tamarind to act as bride, a jasmine will serve the turn.
  • Intriguing ovo-recipes include eggs in tamarind sauce.
  • Seafood house specialties include catfish and tamarind shrimp, plus five tofu choices.
  • Add thin coconut milk and season with salt, tamarind paste, and palm sugar.
  • And it takes only a few more minutes to turn in-the-shell crab into cioppino or to glaze it with a tangy tamarind sauce.
  • We're fans of the tamarind-papaya-lime and the banana-guava-pineapple smoothies.
  • Mustard seeds, green chilies, tamarind and curry leaves are used in abundance.
British Dictionary definitions for tamarind


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
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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