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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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 Children are offered a traditional Turkish drink with milk, carob powder and date syrup that’s meant to strengthen the bones. New York Times, "All the Amenities Airlines are Offering for Healthier Flights," 4 Apr. 2018 Locust gum, from carob trees, or guar gum, extracted from guar beans, will help shape and define your curls. Loren Savini, Allure, "4 Expert-Approved Natural Ingredients to Try If Your Hair Is Thinning," 19 Feb. 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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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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