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water locust

noun
1.
a spiny tree, Gleditsia aquatica, of the legume family, native to the southeastern coastal U.S., having pinnate leaves, greenish-yellow, bell-shaped flowers, and long-stalked, thin pods.
Also called swamp locust.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10, Americanism
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  • The locals called it water locust, and talked vaguely of it being poisonous.

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