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 Put out some little bowls and have guests pile up bhel, a mix of crispy chickpea noodles and puffed rice, tomato, onion, green and tamarind chutneys. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "8 spicy snack recipes to heat up your next party," 15 Aug. 2019 It can be topped with condiments that are sweet and spicy, like tamarind and pepper sauce. Kristin Braswell, USA TODAY, "Find the right Caribbean island, from luxurious St. Barths to budget-friendly Puerto Rico," 14 Jan. 2020 There are always souls needing drumbeats and tamarind, in Um-Helat. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction," 29 Dec. 2019 After all, some think Dakar, Thiam’s hometown, was named after the Wolof word for the tamarind tree. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "How 7 immigrant families transform the Thanksgiving turkey with the flavors of their homelands," 22 Nov. 2019 This slightly spicy amalgam of tomatoes, garlic, salt, black mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, turmeric, asafetida, tamarind, sesame oil, and sugar is exactly what my salmon needs. Carey Polis, Bon Appétit, "I Put This Condiment on Everything When I Can’t Be Bothered to Make a Sauce," 11 Oct. 2019 When people stop, too hot or thirsty to continue, there are glasses of fresh tamarind-lime juice. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction," 29 Dec. 2019 The welcome tang is courtesy of tamarind-date puree in the beautiful salad. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Imperial is finally open in Adams Morgan — and it was worth the wait," 6 Dec. 2019 The menu offers mango papaya salad with tamarind vinaigrette and crispy dried shrimp, crispy chicken dumplings, roti wrap filled with five-spice barbecue brisket, and spicy citrus pork lettuce wraps. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Politan Row dining hall in Rice Village," 7 Nov. 2019

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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 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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