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1. a Mediterranean tree, Ceratonia siliqua, of the legume family, bearing long leathery pods containing sweet edible pulp.
2. the pod of this tree.
3. the pulp of the pods, often ground into a powder and used esp. as a substitute for chocolate.
[1540–50; < Middle French carobe < Medieval Latin carrūbium < Arabic kharrūb bean-pods, carobs]
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|Noun||1.||locust bean - long pod containing small beans and sweetish edible pulp; used as animal feed and source of a chocolate substitute|
carob powder, Saint-John's-bread, carob - powder from the ground seeds and pods of the carob tree; used as a chocolate substitute
carob bean tree, carob tree, Ceratonia siliqua, algarroba, carob - evergreen Mediterranean tree with edible pods; the biblical carob
bean - any of various seeds or fruits that are beans or resemble beans
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