- 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
Examples from the Web for carob
"I think I remember a man planting a carob tree yesterday," he said.Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends
The Carob was cultivated in England before Shakespeare's time.The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare
Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
The Locust, or Carob Bean, is now largely used by the stock-feeder.The Stock-Feeder's Manual
Charles Alexander Cameron
Their food was fruits, and nuts, wild honey and the carob bread.The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ
Levi H. Dowling
The pulp of the pods of the Carob tree is eatable; but that of Poinciana is said to be injurious.Botany for Ladies
- 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 and History for carob
1540s, from French carobe, ultimately from Arabic kharrub "locust bean pod" (also in Persian as khirnub), perhaps from Assyrian kharubu or Aramaic kharubha "carob tree, carob," related to Hebrew harubh.