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tamarind (tăm´ərĬnd), tropical ornamental evergreen tree (Tamarindus indica) of the family Leguminosae (pulse family), native to Africa and probably to Asia, but now widely grown in the tropics. The fruit, a brown pod from 3 to 8 in. (8–20 cm) long, has been an article of commerce since medieval times. Within the pod is a juicy, acid pulp used as an ingredient in chutneys and curries and formerly in medicines and for preserving fish. A refreshing drink is made by adding sugar and water to the pulp. A dye is obtained from the leaves. The tamarind is grown in the West Indies and Florida especially as a flavoring for guava jellies. Tamarind is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.

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tam·a·rind / ˈtaməˌrind/ • n. 1. sticky brown acidic pulp from the pod of a tree of the pea family, widely used as a flavoring in Asian cooking. ∎  the pod from which this pulp is extracted. 2. the tropical African tree (Tamarindus indica) that yields these pods, cultivated throughout the tropics and also grown as an ornamental and shade tree.

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tamarind Tropical tree native to Asia and Africa. It has divided (feather-like) leaves and pale yellow flowers, streaked with red. The fruit pulp is used in beverages, food, and medicines. Height: 12–24m (40–80ft). Family Fabaceae/Leguminosae; species Tamarindus indica.

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tamarind Leguminous tree, Tamarindus indica, with pods containing seeds embedded in brown pulp, eaten fresh, used to prepare beverages and seasonings in oriental cuisine (e.g. the Indian sauce, imli).

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tamarind fruit of the tree Tamarindus indica. XVI. — medL. tamarindus — Arab. tamr hindī date of India.

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tamarind
1. See TAMARINDUS.

2. (native tamarind) See DIPLOGLOTTIS.

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