[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. carnous,
  2. carny,
  3. carné,
  4. caro,
  5. caro's acid,
  6. caroche,
  7. carol,
  8. carol city,
  9. carol ii,
  10. carol stream

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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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.

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