black locust

black locust

noun
1.
Also called false acacia, yellow locust. a North American tree, Robinia pseudoacacia, of the legume family, having pinnate leaves and clusters of fragrant white flowers.

Origin:
1780–90, Americanism

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black locust

noun
1. strong stiff wood of a black-locust tree; very resistant to decay 
2. large thorny tree of eastern and central United States having pinnately compound leaves and drooping racemes of white flowers; widely naturalized in many varieties in temperate regions 
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