noun \ˈta-mə-rənd, -ˌrind\

Definition of TAMARIND

:  a tropical Old World tree (Tamarindus indica) of the legume family with hard yellowish wood, pinnate leaves, and red-striped yellow flowers; also :  its fruit which has an acid pulp often used for preserves or in a cooling laxative drink

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Origin of TAMARIND

Spanish & Portuguese tamarindo, from Arabic tamr hindī, literally, Indian date
First Known Use: 15th century


noun \ˈtam-ə-rənd, -ˌrind\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TAMARIND

: a tropical leguminous tree (Tamarindus indica) with hard yellowish wood and a fruit with an acid pulp
: the pulp of the partially dried ripe fruit of a tamarind used in herbal medicine especially for its laxative properties


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)—Walter Dawn

Evergreen tree (Tamarindus indica) of the pea family (see legume), native to tropical Africa and cultivated elsewhere as an ornamental and for its edible fruit. The tree grows about 80 ft (24 m) tall and has featherlike leaves. It bears small clusters of yellow flowers and plump pods that do not split open. The soft, brownish edible pulp contains 1–12 large, flat seeds that are used in Oriental foods, beverages, and medicines.


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