honey locust

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Related to thorny locust: Honey locust tree, Gleditsia triacanthos

honey locust

n.
Any of several trees of the genus Gleditsia of the pea family, especially G. triacanthos of eastern North America, which has pinnately compound leaves, large twisted pods with a sweet pulp, and usually thorns on the trunk and branches.

honey locust

n
1. (Plants) a thorny leguminous tree, Gleditsia triacanthos of E North America, that has long pods containing a sweet-tasting pulp
2. (Plants) another name for mesquite

hon′ey lo`cust


n.
a thorny North American tree, Gleditsia triacanthos, of the legume family, having pinnate leaves and pods with a sweet pulp.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.honey locust - tall usually spiny North American tree having small greenish-white flowers in drooping racemes followed by long twisting seed podshoney locust - 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
locust tree, locust - any of various hardwood trees of the family Leguminosae
genus Gleditsia, Gleditsia - deciduous trees: honey locusts
References in classic literature ?
The front yard was enclosed by a thorny locust hedge, and at the gate grew two silvery, mothlike trees of the mimosa family.
It was surrounded by a triple enclosure; the wire fence, then the hedge of thorny locusts, then the mulberry hedge which kept out the hot winds of summer and held fast to the protecting snows of winter.
There was nothing on the pasture but an old well that wasn't working, three fenced sides, two entry gates, two hackberry trees, a few thorny locust trees, and an old sturdy cow pen/chute.