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algarroba

or algaroba

[al-guh-roh-buh] /ˌæl gəˈroʊ bə/
noun
1.
any of certain mesquites, especially Prosopis juliflora, having pinnate leaves and yellowish flowers.
2.
the beanlike pod of this plant.
3.
the carob tree or fruit.
Origin of algarroba
1835-1845
1835-45; < Spanish < Arabic al the + kharrūbah carob
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Historical Examples
  • The skins are first dried in the sun, being pegged down with thorns of the algarroba tree.

    At Home with the Patagonians George Chaworth Musters
  • She slipped away from the trunk of the algarroba and started off toward the clearing.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • Even as the colossal one approached, Miguel Alvarado caught sight of the slim young nut-brown girl under the algarroba tree.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • This algarroba wood is like iron and under water is almost imperishable.

British Dictionary definitions for algarroba

algarroba

/ˌælɡəˈrəʊbə/
noun
1.
another name for mesquite, carob
2.
the edible pod of these trees
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish, from Arabic al the + kharrūbahcarob
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