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Tamarindus indica
A bowl of Penang asam laksa, a noodle dish of Peranakan origin flavoured with asam or tamarind

Etymology Edit

From Late Middle English thamarynde, from Old French tamarinde, from Medieval Latin tamarindus, from Arabic تَمْر هِنْدِيّ(tamr hindiyy, literally Indian date).

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tamarind (countable and uncountable, plural tamarinds)

  1. (botany) A tropical tree, Tamarindus indica.
  2. (cooking) The fruit of this tree; the pulp is used as spice in Asian cooking and in Worcestershire sauce.
    • 2021, Leone Ross, This One Sky Day, Faber & Faber Limited, page 253:
      He began to crack tamarinds, pulling out the pod flesh, adding sugar and black pepper from his palms.
  3. Other similar species:
    1. Diploglottis australis, native tamarind, a rainforest tree of Eastern Australia.
    2. Garcinia gummi-gutta, Malabar tamarind, native to Indonesia.
    3. A velvet tamarind (Dialium spp.).
  4. (color) A dark brown colour, like that of tamarind pulp (also called tamarind brown).

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