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.
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- 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
-- The locust tree of the West Indies; also called algarroba in tropical regions.
The monk's advice is like the algarroba; -- [The algarroba is a sort of leguminous plant common in Spain] -- when it is laid up to dry it may be reasonably wholesome, but it is harsh and bitter enough when taken fresh. "
We set out early in the morning, and by mid-day reached the ravine of Paypote, where there is a tiny rill of water, with a little vegetation, and even a few algarroba trees, a kind of mimosa.
Yes, there are delights; but "life is real, life is earnest," and a meal of _algarroba_ beans (the husks of the prodigal son of Luke XV.) is not any more tempting if eaten under the shade of
From the _algarroba_ bean an intoxicating drink is made, called _ang - min_, and then yells, hellish sounds and murderous blows inspire terror in the paleface guest.
From the algarroba they prepare an intoxicating liquor which rouses them to a fighting frenzy.
Their principal ceremony is in connection with the ripening of the algarroba, when the priests in fantastic dress go about the trees, dancing and singing at the top of their voices to the sound of a wooden drum, keeping up the din day and night.
They live chiefly upon fish and the fruit of the algarroba, a species of mesquit or honey-locust, but will eat anything that is not poisonous, even rats and grasshoppers.
We set out early in the morning, and by mid day reached the ravine of Paypote, where there is a tiny rill of water, with a little vegetation, and even a few algarroba trees, a kind of mimosa.
(perhaps influenced by Old Spanish garroba or algarroba).