honey locust


: a tall usually spiny North American leguminous tree (Gleditsia triacanthos) with very hard wood and long twisted pods containing a sweet edible pulp and seeds that resemble beans

Examples of honey locust in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two dozen honey locust trees were planted. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 14 Nov. 2022 Plus, there's sesame oil for deeper moisture, honey locust sugars to tighten, and viniferine (an extract from the grapevine) to help diminish dark spots. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 24 Feb. 2023 Legumes of the honey locust family also become very abundant, which would have had consequences for the nitrogen content of the air. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 3 June 2021 Fuchsia and indigo, trimmed in gold leaf, the temple blooms amidst the honey locust trees in the rural enclaves of Buckingham, Virginia. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 1 July 2021 Two dozen honey locust trees will be planted this week, to be followed by perennial plants. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 May 2022 The path to this two-bedroom villa is framed by areca palms as well as great bougainvillea, and honey locust. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Tree varieties for that project include tulip, Kentucky coffee tree, black gum, London planetree, linden, hornbeam, yellowwood, magnolia, redbud and honey locust. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 8 Apr. 2022 Visitors to the park can meander the grounds on the paved, 1.6-mile Gateway Arch Trail, which curves around colorful honey locust trees and manmade lakes, offering tremendous views of the arch itself. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of honey locust was in 1709

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“Honey locust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honey%20locust. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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