black locust


Definition of black locust

: a tall tree (Robinia pseudoacacia) of eastern North America with pinnately compound leaves, drooping racemes of fragrant white flowers, and strong stiff wood

Examples of black locust in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But for now, black walnut, buckeye, black locust and cottonwood trees have begun to change. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Fall foliage is almost here. Send us your pictures to be included in our reader gallery," 2 Oct. 2020 Choose hardwood species like Osage orange, black locust and hickory for bows (though many other hardwoods can work). Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "9 Tips For Building a Bow (and Arrows) in a Survival Situation," 25 June 2020 Buckthorn, black locust and honeysuckle are among the invasive species cleared. Caitlin Anderson, Twin Cities, "Stillwater mill ruins uncovered; cleanup part of initiative to preserve historical resources," 26 Sep. 2019 So, after being closed for more than two and a half years, the bridge reopened in April 2017, only to close again in mid-2018 after tests pointed to problems with the wood, black locust timber, which is widely considered long-lasting and strong. James Barron, New York Times, "$7.5 Million ‘Down the Drain’: The Demise of the Bouncing Bridge," 29 Oct. 2019 The star of the square is the oldest living tree in Paris, a black locust, said to have been planted in 1601 by Jean Robin, who was the herbalist and gardener to Henri III, Henri IV, and Louis XII. Melissa Liebling-goldberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Paris Walking Tours," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of black locust

1787, in the meaning defined above

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“Black locust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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