from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An eastern Mediterranean evergreen tree (Ceratonia siliqua) in the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves and large, dark, leathery pods.
  • n. The pod of this plant, containing a sweet edible pulp and seeds that yield a gum used as a stabilizer in food products. Also called algarroba.
  • n. An edible powder or flour made from the ground seeds and pods of this plant, often used as a substitute for chocolate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An evergreen shrub or tree, Ceratonia siliqua, native to the Mediterranean region.
  • n. The fruit of that tree.
  • n. A sweet chocolate-like confection made with the pulp of the fruit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An evergreen leguminous tree (Ceratania Siliqua) found in the countries bordering the Mediterranean; the St. John's bread; -- called also carob tree.
  • n. One of the long, sweet, succulent, pods of the carob tree, which are used as food for animals and sometimes eaten by man; -- called also St. John's bread, carob bean, and algaroba bean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common English name of the plant Ceratonia Siliqua.

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. powder from the ground seeds and pods of the carob tree; used as a chocolate substitute
  • n. evergreen Mediterranean tree with edible pods; the biblical carob


Middle English carabe, from Old French carobe, from Medieval Latin carrūbium, from Arabic ḫarrūba, carob pod; see algarroba.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French carobe, ultimately from Arabic الخروب (kharrub, "locust bean pod"), from Assyrian kharubu. (Wiktionary)


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