[ kar-uh b ]
/ ˈkær əb /


a Mediterranean tree, Ceratonia siliqua, of the legume family, bearing long, leathery pods containing hard seeds and sweet, edible pulp.
Also called St. John's-bread, algarroba, locust bean. the pod of this tree, the source of various foodstuffs, including a substitute for chocolate, as well as substances having several industrial uses, and sometimes used as food for animals.
a powder made from the ground pods and seeds of this tree and used in cooking, especially as a substitute for chocolate.

Origin of carob

1540–50; < Middle French carobe < Medieval Latin carrūbium < Arabic kharrūb bean-pods, carobs Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carob


/ (ˈkærəb) /


Also called: algarroba an evergreen leguminous Mediterranean tree, Ceratonia siliqua, with compound leaves and edible pods
Also called: algarroba, Saint John's bread the long blackish sugary pod of this tree, used as a substitute for chocolate and for animal fodder

Word Origin for carob

C16: from Old French carobe, from Medieval Latin carrūbium, from Arabic al kharrūbah
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