Definition of tamarind in English:

tamarind

Line breaks: tam¦ar|ind
Pronunciation: /ˈtam(ə)rɪnd
 
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noun

  • 1 [mass noun] Sticky brown acidic pulp from the pod of a tree of the pea family, widely used as a flavouring in Asian cookery.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 [count noun] The pod from which tamarind pulp is extracted.
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    • 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 which yields tamarind pods, cultivated throughout the tropics and also grown as an ornamental and shade tree.
    • Tamarindus indica, family Leguminosae
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    • 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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