from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The Spanish name of the carob-tree, Ceratonia Siliqua.
  • noun In America, a name given to the honey-mesquit, Prosopis juliflora, and to the Hymenæa Courbaril.
  • noun A substance resembling catechu in appearance and properties, obtained from the La Plata, and containing tannin mixed with a deep-brown coloring matter.
  • noun Also spelled algaroba.

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  • noun long pod containing small beans and sweetish edible pulp; used as animal feed and source of a chocolate substitute
  • noun evergreen Mediterranean tree with edible pods; the biblical carob
  • noun mesquite of Gulf Coast and Caribbean Islands from Mexico to Venezuela
  • noun mesquite pod used in tanning and dyeing


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