locust tree

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Etymology[edit]

Named after the "locusts" said to have been eaten by John the Baptist, based on the theory that they were really carob pods.

Noun[edit]

locust tree (plural locust trees)

  1. Any of a number of similar looking trees in the closely related genera Gleditsia and Robinia.
  2. The honey locust Gleditsia triacanthos, a leguminous tree with pods having a sweet, edible pulp.
  3. The black locust, Robinia pseudoacacia, a leguminous tree with toxic pods, but useful for making honey.
  4. (less common) The African locust bean tree (Parkia biglobosa).
  5. The carob tree, Ceratonia siliqua.