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Meaning of carob

car•ob

Pronunciation: (kar'ub), [key]
— n.
  1. a Mediterranean tree, Ceratonia siliqua, of the legume family, bearing long, leathery pods containing hard seeds and sweet, edible pulp.
  2. Also calledthe pod of this tree, the source of various foodstuffs, including a substitute for chocolate, as well as substances having several industrial uses, and sometimes used as food for animals.
  3. a powder made from the ground pods and seeds of this tree and used in cooking, esp. as a substitute for chocolate.
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