West Indian locust


Definition of West Indian locust

: a tropical American tree (Hymenaea courbaril) yielding hard brown wood used for building and having bijugate leaves, white flowers, and woody pods containing an edible pulp

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First Known Use of West Indian locust

1841, in the meaning defined above

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