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honey locust

  1. a thorny North American tree, Gleditsia triacanthos, of the legume family, having small, compound leaves and pods with a sweet pulp.
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Origin of honey locust

An Americanism dating back to 1735–45
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Examples from the Web for honey locust

Historical Examples of honey locust

  • The common Locust, the Honey-locust, and the Sumacs are illustrations.

    Trees of the Northern United States

    Austin C. Apgar

  • A sweet gum and a honey-locust standing together on the banks of a creek.

  • For something sweet he could go to the pod of the honey-locust.

  • Fig. 158 is evenly or abruptly pinnate, as in the Honey-Locust.

  • Is a peach-tree just like a horse-chestnut, or a scrub-oak, or a honey-locust?

British Dictionary definitions for honey locust

honey locust

  1. a thorny leguminous tree, Gleditsia triacanthos of E North America, that has long pods containing a sweet-tasting pulp
  2. another name for mesquite
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