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honey locust

a thorny North American tree, Gleditsia triacanthos, of the legume family, having small, compound leaves and pods with a sweet pulp.
Origin of honey locust
An Americanism dating back to 1735-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for honey locust
Contemporary Examples
  • In refurbishing the park, the designers added 54 honey locust trees and one larger London Plane at the northeastern corner.

Historical Examples
  • Other names for the tree are algaroba, honey locust, honey pod, and ironwood.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The natural range of honey locust has been greatly extended by man.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • Once in a great while a honey locust is thornless, growing wild.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • She also found out what a honey locust is, though she had had to wait a year to do so.

    Emmy Lou's Road to Grace George Madden Martin
  • Another time he sent from Philadelphia two bushels of honey locust seed to be planted in his nursery.

    George Washington: Farmer

    Paul Leland Haworth
  • The honey locust has its striking three-pronged thorns, and its purple pods dangling in winter and skating off over the snow.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • Elm was by far the most abundant tree, with dogwood, Osage orange and honey locust also relatively common.

  • Its leaves are like those of our honey locust but very much smaller, and the tree furnishes little shade.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The sweet, gummy pulp of the honey locust pods is considered edible by boys, who brave the thorns to get them.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
British Dictionary definitions for honey locust

honey locust

a thorny leguminous tree, Gleditsia triacanthos of E North America, that has long pods containing a sweet-tasting pulp
another name for mesquite
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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