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 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 But for now, black walnut, buckeye, black locust and cottonwood trees have begun to change. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 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, 25 June 2020 Buckthorn, black locust and honeysuckle are among the invasive species cleared. Caitlin Anderson, Twin Cities, 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, 29 Oct. 2019 See More

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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 16 May. 2022.

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