- 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: Fr caroube < ML carrubia < Ar kharrub, bean pod < Aram khārūbā < Assyr kharūbu
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- a. An eastern Mediterranean evergreen tree (Ceratonia siliqua) in 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 algarroba.
- An edible powder or flour made from the ground seeds and pods of this plant, often used as a substitute for chocolate.
Origin: Middle English carabe, from Old French carobe, from Medieval Latin carrūbium, from Arabic ḫarrūba, carob pod; see algarroba.