from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See mesquite.
- n. The edible pod of this plant.
- n. See carob.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Spanish name of the carob-tree, Ceratonia Siliqua.
- n. In America, a name given to the honey-mesquit, Prosopis juliflora, and to the Hymenæa Courbaril.
- n. A substance resembling catechu in appearance and properties, obtained from the La Plata, and containing tannin mixed with a deep-brown coloring matter.
- n. Also spelled algaroba.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. long pod containing small beans and sweetish edible pulp; used as animal feed and source of a chocolate substitute
- n. evergreen Mediterranean tree with edible pods; the biblical carob
- n. mesquite of Gulf Coast and Caribbean Islands from Mexico to Venezuela
- n. mesquite pod used in tanning and dyeing
American Spanish, mesquite, from Spanish, carob, from Arabic al-ḫarrūba : al-, the + ḫarrūba, carob pod (from ḫarrūb, carob; see ḫrb in Semitic roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)