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The preserved pulp of the fruit of Tamarindus indica Linne (nat. ord. Leguminosae).
India and tropical Africa; naturalized in the West Indies.
A reddish-brown, sweet, subacid, pulpy mass, containing strong, somewhat branching fibres, and polished, brown, flattish-quadrangular seeds, each enclosed in a tough membrane; taste sweet and refreshingly acidulous.
Impurity. - Copper.
Tamarind is pleasant and acid to the taste, and a mild laxative. It may be made into tamarind whey (1 part of tamarind to 30 of milk) and given as an acid, cooling, slightly purgative drink in fevers. It is a good purgative for children, and may be spread on bread and butter.