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water locust

a spiny tree, Gleditsia aquatica, of the legume family, native to the southeastern coastal U.S., having pinnate leaves, greenish-yellow, bell-shaped flowers, and long-stalked, thin pods.
Also called swamp locust.
Origin of water locust
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • water locust has fewer thorns and they are smaller, and often flat like a knife blade.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The water locust, Gleditsia aquatica Marsh., is found in river bottoms in southern Illinois, becoming a medium sized tree.

    Forest Trees of Illinois Fuller George D.

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