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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Origin and Etymology of 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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