variants or algarobilla
or algarobello
or less commonly algarovilla
plural -s
: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of algarrobilla was in 1845

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“Algarrobilla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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