tam·​a·​rind | \ ˈta-mə-rənd How to pronounce tamarind (audio) , -ˌrind \

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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Examples of tamarind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the meal was based on a recipe from an American woman, in the ’70s or early ’80s, who substituted ketchup for tamarind paste because pad Thai wasn’t well known in the United States at the time. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Solis also expects to serve mangonada, a frozen mango drink with tamarind vodka. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Apr. 2022 In Maharashtra, on the other hand, generous amounts of solid agents such as kokum and tamarind are employed. Misbaah Mansuri, Chron, 25 Mar. 2022 In Indonesia and Malaysia, jackfruit is sliced and cooked into stews along with coconut milk and tamarind as well as ingredients like lemongrass, turmeric, cardamom, ginger, and galangal. Bon Appétit, 8 Apr. 2022 Brooklyn Delhi makes a curry mustard with cumin, paprika and tamarind. Katie Workman, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2022 Grilled cubed sweet potatoes, seasoned to make your tongue turn somersaults, are stacked to form an orange pyramid on a plate dressed up with dots of white (yogurt), green (mint chutney) and red (tamarind sauce). Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2022 The tamarind, or assam, is what gives this dish a zesty, fresh flavor that is worth every slurp. Rachel Phua, CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 White rum, tamarind, pineapple and a sudachi citrus blend round out the other ingredients in the cocktail. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tamarind

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tamarind

Spanish & Portuguese tamarindo, from Arabic tamr hindī, literally, Indian date

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“Tamarind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tamarind. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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tam·​a·​rind | \ ˈtam-ə-rənd, -ˌrind How to pronounce tamarind (audio) \

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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