Definition of tamarind in English:

tamarind

Syllabification: tam·a·rind
Pronunciation: /ˈtaməˌrind
 
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noun

1Sticky brown acidic pulp from the pod of a tree of the pea family, widely used as a flavoring in Asian cooking.
More example sentences
  • Add the fish sauce, palm sugar, lime or tamarind, and thin coconut milk.
  • Sour and acid tastes are liked, and are manifest in the use of lime juice, tamarind, etc.
  • I tried a few new recipes, but nothing too exotic, because I wasn't sure how to go about finding galangal, shrimp paste, fenugreek, black cumin, or tamarind.
1.1The pod from which tamarind is extracted.
More example sentences
  • Put tamarind pods in a small saucepan and barely cover with boiling water.
  • Soak the tamarind in 2 cups of water, squeeze and strain out the juice.
  • Soak the tamarind in a little water and take out the pulp.
2The tropical African tree that yields tamarind, cultivated throughout the tropics and also grown as an ornamental and shade tree.
  • Tamarindus indica, family Leguminosae
More example sentences
  • The exhibition includes a South African ficus, a tamarind with pods, elephant grass from Africa, cherry, bougainvillaea, fig, Accacia and trees collected from forests.
  • The tamarind is native to tropical Africa and grows wild throughout the Sudan.
  • Nothing more relaxing, you might think, than the weekly meeting of four friends in the shade of the tamarind tree.

Origin

late Middle English: from medieval Latin tamarindus, from Arabic tamr hindī 'Indian date'.

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