car·​ob | \ ˈker-əb How to pronounce carob (audio) , ˈka-rəb \

Definition of carob

1 : a Mediterranean evergreen leguminous tree (Ceratonia siliqua) with racemose red flowers
2 : a pod of the carob tree or its sweet pulp having a flavor similar to that of chocolate

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Recent Examples on the Web Diet books from the 1970s heavily feature carob, Tab, and grapefruit. Your Fat Friend, SELF, "I’m a Fat Activist and I Collect Vintage Diet Books," 3 Apr. 2020 Additional notes of carob, chicory, black pepper, Chinese star anise, cloves, and cassia oil round out this flavorful, warm cuppa. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "Republic of Tea Now Has Two Teas Inspired by Hallmark’s "Countdown to Christmas"," 10 Nov. 2019 Among others, the trove features olives, eggs, figs, carob, almonds, lentils and a loaf of bread sliced into eight pieces. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "From Baked Dormouse to Carbonized Bread, 300 Artifacts Show What Romans Ate," 27 July 2019 Almond and carob are two of the region’s most enduring crops. Chadner Navarro, Condé Nast Traveler, "A New Hotel Is Embracing the Laid-Back Eastern Side of the Algarve," 26 July 2019 Honey baklava is shaped in logs rather than triangles and filled with tahini, honey, carob syrup, and pistachios. Ann Trieger Kurland,, "She’s on a tahini mission," 9 July 2018 Order the quail and pork belly roasted over carob wood. Condé Nast Traveler, "A Perfect Weekend in Baja's Wine Country," 28 Sep. 2018 Krikov creates tahini spreads blended either with carob, cocoa, or pressed dates ($7 each for 6 ounces). Ann Trieger Kurland,, "She’s on a tahini mission," 9 July 2018 Get a mix, like those from Puppy Cake, which use healthy ingredients, such as beet powder, carob powder, and bananas, to make substitutes for human favorites (hello, red velvet!). Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "How to Throw the Best-Ever Dog Birthday Party," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of carob

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carob

Middle French carobe, from Medieval Latin carrubium, from Arabic kharrūba

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The first known use of carob was in 1548

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“Carob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of carob

: the fruit of a Mediterranean tree that can be prepared to taste similar to chocolate and is used in various foods


car·​ob | \ ˈkar-əb How to pronounce carob (audio) \

Medical Definition of carob

1 : a Mediterranean evergreen leguminous tree (Ceratonia siliqua) with racemose red flowers
2 : a carob pod also : its sweet pulp

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