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Tamarind tree with unripened fruits
A bowl of Penang asam laksa, a noodle dish of Peranakan origin flavoured with asam or tamarind


Old French tamarinde, from Arabic تَمْر هِنْدِيّ ‎(tamr hindiyy).



tamarind ‎(countable and uncountable, plural tamarinds)

  1. A tropical tree, Tamarindus indica.
  2. 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 (species of Dialium).
  4. A dark brown colour, like that of a tamarind.
    tamarind colour:    


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