Definition of tamarind
1 : an African evergreen tree (Tamarindus indica) of the legume family that is widely grown in tropical regions and has hard yellowish wood, pinnate leaves, red-striped yellow flowers, and an edible fruit
2 : the fruit of the tamarind tree consisting of an oblong brown pod containing 1 to 12 flat seeds embedded in a brownish, sticky, acidic pulp which is used especially in preserves and pastes and to flavor foods and beverages
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Dahi vada also makes appearances throughout the month, the lentil fritters soaked in a cool sauce of yogurt and a second of sweet-sour tamarind.
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Origin and Etymology of tamarind
Spanish & Portuguese tamarindo, from Arabic tamr hindī, literally, Indian date
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Medical Definition of tamarind
1: a tropical leguminous tree (Tamarindus indica) with hard yellowish wood and a fruit with an acid pulp
2: the pulp of the partially dried ripe fruit of a tamarind used in herbal medicine especially for its laxative properties
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