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)



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