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  • n. Any of a number of trees in the genera Gleditsia and Robinia.
  • n. The honey locust, a leguminous tree with pods having a sweet, edible pulp.
  • n. The black locust, a leguminous tree with toxic pods, but useful for making honey.
  • n. The African locust bean tree (Parkia biglobosa).
  • n. The carob tree, Ceratonia siliqua.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large North American tree of the genus Robinia (Robinia Pseudacacia), producing large slender racemes of white, fragrant, papilionaceous flowers, and often cultivated as an ornamental tree. In England it is called acacia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various hardwood trees of the family Leguminosae

Etymologies

Named after the "locusts" said to have been eaten by John the Baptist, based on the theory that they were really carob pods. (Wiktionary)

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