tamarind

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noun tam·a·rind \ˈta-mə-rənd, -ˌrind\

Definition of tamarind

  1. :  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 and Etymology of tamarind

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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tamarind

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noun tam·a·rind \ˈtam-ə-rənd, -ˌrind\

Medical Definition of tamarind

  1. 1:  a tropical leguminous tree (Tamarindus indica) with hard yellowish wood and a fruit with an acid pulp

  2. 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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