Definition of carob in English:


Syllabification: car·ob
Pronunciation: /ˈkarəb


  • 1A brown floury powder extracted from the carob bean, used as a substitute for chocolate.
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    • Fortunately the redoubtable Ms. Hillary is not diabetic, as chocolates are high on the prohibited list, as are the so-called ‘diabetic’ chocolates or the chocolate substitute carob.
    • Add extras such as carob or malted milk powder to impart a gourmet flavor to your concoctions.
    • One brand of homemade ice-cream has chunks of salt and carob instead of proper chocolate.
  • 2 (also carob tree) A small evergreen Arabian tree that bears long brownish-purple edible pods. Also called locust tree (see locust ( sense 3)).
    • Ceratonia siliqua, family Leguminosae
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    • To save his life, the rabbi withdrew with his son to a cave in Galilee where, miraculously, a carob tree grew and a water well appeared, so that he never lacked for food or water.
    • And when you taste the final product in the form of a carob cake, you'll have no doubt the humble carob tree has a great future!
    • His glaze was equally complex and equally secret, and he took both recipes to his grave when he hung himself from a carob tree in 1786.
  • 2.1 (also carob bean) The edible pod of the carob tree. Also called locust bean (see locust ( sense 2)).
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    • Gem dealers used to balance their scales with carob beans because these beans all have the same weight.
    • The carob beans used here come from a row of trees planted in the 1960s by a farmer in the Hawkes Bay.
    • Other Cretan agricultural products are carob beans, fava, mountain tea, broad beans, oregano and flax.


late Middle English (denoting the carob bean): from Old French carobe, from medieval Latin carrubia, from Arabic ḵarrūba.

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