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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Shrimp and buthee, a gourd, are tossed in rice flour and garam masala, then fried to a bronze and paired with a dipping sauce that ricochets from hot chiles to sour tamarind. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Thamee lets diners feast on Burmese stories," 14 June 2019 The fruit and ice cream popsicles at this family corner store are fan favorites in flavors such as pineapple, tamarind, Oreo and bubble gum. Josie Sexton, The Know, "10 frozen treats to try around Denver this summer," 3 June 2019 Make sauce: In a bowl, mix the 6 tablespoons coconut aminos, the tamarind juice, juice of 2 limes, both vinegars, the palm or brown sugar, 4 tablespoons Thai seasoning, and the Miuchu wine or sake. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast in bed? These dads would rather be in the kitchen," 12 June 2018 Shot through with tamarind, tomato paste, and nutty annatto oil, the crimson broth at Bún Riêu 41 has amazing depth. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 The blend of fresh herbs and the fish sauce spiked with tamarind tickles every region of the tongue. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Temple Club: Vietnamese food you can’t get anywhere else," 2 Feb. 2018 Smoked chicken is a brilliant addition to a crunchy green papaya salad with its rambunctious crew of tamarind, mint, rau ram and nuoc cham. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 Meat eaters: Try the lamb saag stewed in spinach and cream sauce ($16) or the tamarind wings marinated in house spices and topped with chutney ($16). Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "The best vegetarian dishes at non-vegetarian restaurants in Chicago," 9 Aug. 2017 The tamarind-galangal sauce on those spicy chicken wings? Christine Muhlke, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside the Raucous New Paris Restaurant, Déviant," 4 June 2018

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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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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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