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 Both are clad with cedar wood shingles and black locust wood siding, and both are equipped with large outdoor decks that expand the interior space further outside. Kimberley Mok, Treehugger, 5 Sep. 2023 The best woods include osage, Oregon yew, white ash, Southern red cedar, black walnut, black locust, apple, and mulberry. Keith McCafferty, Field & Stream, 29 June 2023 Mark McNamara of Conundrum Woodcraft in Gaston has decorative items made from maple, oak, cherry, black walnut, black locust, apple and birch trees sustainably foraged from the Willamette and Columbia river valleys. Jeastman, oregonlive, 9 June 2023 The black locust tree can take in atmospheric nitrogen and convert it to a type more accessible to plants. Elena Shao Maddie McGarvey, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2022 Research suggests that different honeys, derived from bees foraging on black locust tree flowers, sunflowers or a mix of flowers, ward off different types of bacteria. Berly McCoy, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Oct. 2021 This link has the characteristics of the Black Walnut tree, the Oregon ash, the western sumac, and the black locust tree, all of which have similar leaves to the tree of heaven. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 Cedar, black locust, redwood, cypress and acacia are all excellent choices for outdoor furniture. Megan Oster,, 2 Apr. 2021 Flora play their part too: crocus pushing through snow in late winter, dogwoods brightening the woods in spring, wildflowers like daisies, Black-eyed Susans, the blooms of black locust trees along the roadways in summer. Bill May,, 20 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black locust was in 1787

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“Black locust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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