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Primate departs tropical tree (8)


I believe the answer is:


'tropical tree' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'primate departs' is the wordplay.
'primate' becomes 'tamarin' (tamarin is a kind of primate).
'departs' becomes 'd' (common abbreviation e.g. train timetables).

(Other definitions for tamarind that I've seen before include "Tropical African tree" , "exotic fruit" , "Large tropical seedpod with tangy pulp -- mad train (anag)" , "Tree providing Asian flavouring" , "Indian tree with long brown seed pods" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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