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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Recent Examples on the Web Ask for extra chiles to sharpen the tang of crushed tamarind, then grab and go through the breezy window. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Big little windows: How Dallas family-run restaurants are leaning on their walk-up service," 5 Feb. 2021 Then these samosas go into a deep fryer where they’re first parcooked, then flash-fried to order for an extra-crispy exterior; a thick tamarind-date chutney accompanies the samosas for a tart, sweet contrast. Omar Mamoon, SFChronicle.com, "Four ways to eat a samosa in the Bay Area," 28 Dec. 2020 Kornnawong’s rendition of the sauce balances the sourness of tamarind with sugar and dried red chile flakes. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "These spicy, smoky Isaan drinking snacks bring a thrilling new element to S.F.'s Thai scene," 19 Nov. 2020 Tart, mouth-puckering tamarind is a perfect foil for the sweet honey and mild meat. Washington Post, "10 of our best Thanksgiving turkey recipes for breasts, legs and whole birds," 17 Nov. 2020 Schwab makes a sweet and sour tamarind dipping sauce to serve with it. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dumplings by the thousands at Phat Dumpling, a new Milwaukee pop-up restaurant for takeout," 5 Nov. 2020 Cook gently spicy guajillo chiles with tart-fruity tamarind, roasted garlic, honey, and lime to create an outstanding Mexican-style glaze for your holiday bird. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "From Classic to Unexpected, These Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes Are Total Winners," 2 Nov. 2020 On that evening last December, Anand served crumbles of cumin and tamarind that looked like Pop Rocks. Sheila Marikar, New York Times, "The Fed-Up Chef," 21 Oct. 2020 Along with her Horchata Coldbrew, some of the other products Mendoza has perfected and sells online include a Tamarindo Coldbrew, made with real tamarind fruit and coffee from various countries such as Nicaragua and El Salvador. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "Meet the East End barista changing the landscape of coffee one cold brew at a time," 23 Oct. 2020

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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 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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