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.

1540–50; < Middle French carobe < Medieval Latin carrūbium < Arabic kharrūb bean-pods, carobs Unabridged
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carob (ˈkærəb)
1.  Also called: algarroba an evergreen leguminous Mediterranean tree, Ceratonia siliqua, with compound leaves and edible pods
2.  algarroba, Also called: Saint John's bread the long blackish sugary pod of this tree, used as a substitute for chocolate and for animal fodder
[C16: from Old French carobe, from Medieval Latin carrūbium, from Arabic al kharrūbah]

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1548, from Fr. carobe, ult. from Arabic kharrub "locust bean pod" (also in Pers. khirnub), from Assyr. kharubu.
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Example sentences
Carob moths caught in traps baited with fractious of the commercially produced carob moth pheromone.
One carob tree site contained two carob trees, whereas the other two locations each contained a single carob tree.
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