tamarind

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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.
  3. Other similar species:
    1. Gypsophila tubulosa (syn. 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).
    tamarind colour:  

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