Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See algarroba.
- n. The carob, a leguminous tree of the Mediterranean region.
- n. The edible beans or pods of the carob; St. John's bread.
- n. The honey mesquite (Prosopis juliflora), a small tree found from California to Buenos Aires.
- n. The sweet, pulpy pods of the honey mesquite.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The Carob, a leguminous tree of the Mediterranean region; also, its edible beans or pods, called
St. John's bread.
- n. The Honey mesquite (Prosopis juliflora), a small tree found from California to Buenos Ayres; also, its sweet, pulpy pods. A valuable gum, resembling gum arabic, is collected from the tree in Texas and Mexico.
- Spanish algarroba, from Arabic. Compare carob. (Wiktionary)
“From over the lofty Koolau Mountains, vagrant wisps of the trade wind drifted, faintly swaying the great, unwhipped banana leaves, rustling the palms, and fluttering and setting up a whispering among the lace-leaved algaroba trees.”
“He circled back toward the house along a winding path that skirted within the edge of shadow of the monkey-pods and algaroba trees.”
“He was sitting under the algaroba trees between the lanai and the beach.”
“All this time I had not seen our domicile, and when our drive ended under the quivering shadow of large tamarind and algaroba trees, in front of a long, stone, two-storied house with two deep verandahs festooned with clematis and passion flowers, and a shady lawn in front, I felt as if in this fairy land anything might be expected.”
“Although it is hoped that a leper hospital is not to be a permanent institution of the kingdom, the soft green grass of the enclosure has been liberally planted with algaroba trees, which in a year or two will form a goodly shade, and water has been brought in from a distance at considerable expense, so that an abundant supply is always at hand.”
“The delicate tamarind and the feathery algaroba intermingled their fragile grace with the dark, shiny foliage of the South Sea exotics, and the deep red, solitary flowers of the hibiscus rioted among dear familiar fuschias and geraniums, which here attain the height and size of large rhododendrons.”
“The nights are glorious, and so absolutely still, that even the feathery foliage of the algaroba is at rest.”
“Optimizing the environment for rooting cuttings of highly productive clones of Prosopis alba (mesquite/algaroba).”
“During the Peninsular war, the horses of our cavalry were principally fed upon these algaroba seeds.”
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
“Esparto, the coarse grass which grows almost everywhere in Spain, has long been an article of commerce, as well as the algaroba bean -- said to be the locust bean, on which John the Baptist might have thriven -- for it is the most fattening food for horses and cattle, and produces in them a singularly glossy and beautiful coat.”
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