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St. John's-bread

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  1. carob(def 2).
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Origin of St. John's-bread

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for saint john's bread

Saint John's bread

noun usually abbreviated to: St John's bread
  1. another name for carob (def. 2)
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Word Origin

C16: so called because its beans were thought to be the "locusts" that John the Baptist ate in the desert
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