locust tree

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

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locust tree (plural locust trees)

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

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