tamarind

noun
tam·​a·​rind | \ˈta-mə-rənd, -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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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 Common flavors in South America include hibiscus, tamarind, soursop, pineapple and papaya. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blueberry Honeydew Agua Fresca is a refreshing, light drink without too much sugar," 11 July 2018 The patties have a crispy exterior and are topped with caramelized onions, tamarind chutney and a side of ghee and gunpowder spices that diners mix together to add richness and fire to the blend. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Best burgers in the Bay Area from the 2018 Top 100 restaurants," 12 June 2018 As the mother sauce traveled through different places and times, ingredients like mushrooms, tamarind and anchovies were deployed to imitate its satisfying umami; Worcestershire sauce and Indonesian kecap manis are both popular descendants. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Mastering Chinese-Style Ribs at Home," 9 July 2018 The ice comes doused in syrups of every fruit flavor — strawberry, pineapple, coconut; guava, lucuma, tamarind. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "In search of brain freeze," 21 May 2018 Prosciutto and honeydew melon are tossed with candied hazelnuts and mint leaves in a lime, tamarind and fish-sauce dressing. New York Times, "Red-Sauce Italian Cooking Finds a Future at Don Angie," 29 May 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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tamarind

noun
tam·​a·​rind | \ˈtam-ə-rənd, -ˌrind \

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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