or al·ga·ro·ba

  1. any of certain mesquites, especially Prosopis juliflora, having pinnate leaves and yellowish flowers.
  2. the beanlike pod of this plant.
  3. the carob tree or fruit.

Origin of algarroba

1835–45; < Spanish < Arabic al the + kharrūbah carob Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for algarroba

Historical Examples of algarroba

  • She slipped away from the trunk of the algarroba and started off toward the clearing.

    The Wolf Cub

    Patrick Casey

  • This algarroba wood is like iron and under water is almost imperishable.

  • The skins are first dried in the sun, being pegged down with thorns of the algarroba tree.

    At Home with the Patagonians

    George Chaworth Musters

  • Even as the colossal one approached, Miguel Alvarado caught sight of the slim young nut-brown girl under the algarroba tree.

    The Wolf Cub

    Patrick Casey

British Dictionary definitions for algarroba



  1. another name for mesquite, carob
  2. the edible pod of these trees

Word Origin for algarroba

C19: from Spanish, from Arabic al the + kharrūbah carob
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