- a leguminous tree (Ceratonia siliqua) of the E Mediterranean, bearing long, flat, leathery, brown pods with a sweet pulp
- such a pod, used for fodder or in making a nutritious, chocolatelike drink or candy
Origin of carobFrench caroube ; from Medieval Latin carrubia ; from Arabic kharrub, bean pod ; from Aramaic khārūbā ; from Assyrian kharūbu
- a. A Mediterranean evergreen tree (Ceratonia siliqua) of the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves and large, dark, leathery pods.b. The pod of this plant, containing a sweet edible pulp and seeds that yield a gum used as a stabilizer in food products. Also called algaroba.
- An edible powder or flour made from the ground seeds and pods of this plant, used as a substitute for chocolate.
Origin of carobMiddle English carabe, from Old French carobe, from Medieval Latin carrūbium, from Arabic &hlowbrev;arrūba, carob pod; see algaroba .
ripe carob podsCeratonia siliqua
From Middle French carobe, from Arabic خروب (kharrūb, “locust bean pod”), from Assyrian kharubu.