The New Student's Reference Work/Tamarind
Tam′arind, a tree cultivated in India for its fine shade as well as for its fruit. It also is grown (though of the wild type) in other tropical countries, as Florida and the West Indies. It is known as the Indian date, its long, many-seeded pods containing an acid pulp, which is used medicinally and as a pleasant drink, and also as an ingredient in curries and in making sherbet. The tree has a hard wood, of value in cabinetwork, and is exceedingly handsome.