tamarind


tamarind

noun

  1. the pod of a large, tropical tree, Tamarindus indica, of the legume family, containing seeds enclosed in a juicy acid pulp that is used in beverages and food.
  2. the tree itself.

noun

  1. a leguminous tropical evergreen tree, Tamarindus indica, having pale yellow red-streaked flowers and brown pulpy pods, each surrounded by a brittle shell
  2. the acid fruit of this tree, used as a food and to make beverages and medicines
  3. the wood of this tree

n.by c.1400, ultimately from Arabic tamr hindi, literally “date of India.” First element cognate with Hebrew tamar “palm tree, date palm.”

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