variants: or algarobilla \ ˌal-​gə-​(ˌ)rō-​ˈbē-​ə \ or algarobello \ ˌal-​gə-​(ˌ)rō-​ˈbe-​(ˌ)lō \ or less commonly algarovilla \ ˌal-​gə-​(ˌ)rō-​ˈvē-​ə \
plural -s

Definition of algarrobilla

: the seeds and pods of certain leguminous trees and shrubs (especially of Pithecolobium parvifolium, Caesalpinia brevifolia, and Prosopis juliflora) having astringent properties and used for tanning and dyeing

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First Known Use of algarrobilla

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for algarrobilla

American Spanish algarrobilla, from Spanish, carob tree, diminutive of algarroba

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“Algarrobilla.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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