Locust bean
Locust Lo"cust, n. [L. locusta locust, grasshopper. Cf. {Lobster}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of long-winged, migratory, orthopterous insects, of the family {Acridid[ae]}, allied to the grasshoppers; esp., ({Edipoda migratoria}, syn. {Pachytylus migratoria}, and {Acridium perigrinum}, of Southern Europe, Asia, and Africa. In the United States the related species with similar habits are usually called {grasshoppers}. See {Grasshopper}. [1913 Webster]

Note: These insects are at times so numerous in Africa and the south of Asia as to devour every green thing; and when they migrate, they fly in an immense cloud. In the United States the harvest flies are improperly called locusts. See {Cicada}. [1913 Webster]

{Locust beetle} (Zo["o]l.), a longicorn beetle ({Cyllene robini[ae]}), which, in the larval state, bores holes in the wood of the locust tree. Its color is brownish black, barred with yellow. Called also {locust borer}.

{Locust bird} (Zo["o]l.) the rose-colored starling or pastor of India. See {Pastor}.

{Locust hunter} (Zo["o]l.), an African bird; the beefeater. [1913 Webster]

2. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Bot.) The locust tree. See {Locust Tree} (definition, note, and phrases). [1913 Webster]

{Locust bean} (Bot.), a commercial name for the sweet pod of the carob tree. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • locust bean — lo′cust bean n. pln carob • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • locust bean — noun Date: 1847 carob …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • locust bean — 1. carob. 2. a seed of a carob pod. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • locust bean — noun A seed of the carob tree …   Wiktionary

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  • locust bean — pod containing small beans, also known as carob …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Locust bean gum — (also known as carob gum, carob bean gum, carobin, E410) is a galactomannan vegetable gum extracted from the seeds of the Carob tree. It is used as a thickening agent and gelling agent in food technology. It is soluble in hot water. [Martin… …   Wikipedia

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