American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several trees of the genus Gleditsia, especially G. triacanthos, having deciduous, pinnately compound leaves, small flowers in racemes, and large, often twisted, indehiscent pods.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ornamental North American tree, Gleditschia triacanthos. The water honey-locust is G. monosperma, also an American tree, growing from Illinois southward. The name is sometimes given to the mesquit, Prosopis juliflora, a native of the southwestern United States.
- n. A North American deciduous tree (Gleditsia triacanthos) having fragrant flowers and hard red wood.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) a North American tree (Gleditschia triacanthos), armed with thorns, and having long pods with a sweet pulp between the seeds.
- n. tall usually spiny North American tree having small greenish-white flowers in drooping racemes followed by long twisting seed pods; yields very hard durable reddish-brown wood; introduced to temperate Old World
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