or al·ga·ro·ba

[ al-guh-roh-buh ]
/ ˌæl gəˈroʊ bə /


any of certain mesquites, especially Prosopis juliflora, having pinnate leaves and yellowish flowers.
the beanlike pod of this plant.
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. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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.

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for algarroba



/ (ˌælɡəˈrəʊbə) /


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

Word Origin for algarroba

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