Honey locust tree
Locust tree Lo"cust tree` . [Etymol. uncertain.] (Bot.) A large North American tree of the genus {Robinia} ({Robinia Pseudacacia}), producing large slender racemes of white, fragrant, papilionaceous flowers, and often cultivated as an ornamental tree. In England it is called {acacia}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is also applied to other trees of different genera, especially to those of the genus {Hymen[ae]a}, of which {Hymen[ae]a Courbaril} is a lofty, spreading tree of South America; also to the carob tree ({Ceratonia siliqua}), a tree growing in the Mediterranean region. [1913 Webster]

{Honey locust tree} (Bot.), a tree of the genus {Gleditschia} ) {Gleditschia triacanthus}), having pinnate leaves and strong branching thorns; -- so called from a sweet pulp found between the seeds in the pods. Called also simply {honey locust}.

{Water locust tree} (Bot.), a small swamp tree ({Gleditschia monosperma}), of the Southern United States. [1913 Webster]


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  • honey locust — Locust tree Lo cust tree . [Etymol. uncertain.] (Bot.) A large North American tree of the genus {Robinia} ({Robinia Pseudacacia}), producing large slender racemes of white, fragrant, papilionaceous flowers, and often cultivated as an ornamental… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Locust tree — Lo cust tree . [Etymol. uncertain.] (Bot.) A large North American tree of the genus {Robinia} ({Robinia Pseudacacia}), producing large slender racemes of white, fragrant, papilionaceous flowers, and often cultivated as an ornamental tree. In… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Locust tree — can mean:* Any of a number of tree species in the genera Gleditsia or Robinia * Honey locust, a leguminous tree with pods having a sweet, edible pulp * Black locust, a leguminous tree with toxic pods but useful for making honey * Or less commonly …   Wikipedia

  • Honey locust — Honey Hon ey (h[u^]n [y^]), n. [OE. honi, huni, AS. hunig; akin to OS. honeg, D. & G. honig, OHG. honag, honang, Icel. hunang, Sw. h[*a]ning, Dan. honning, cf. Gr. ko nis dust, Skr. ka[.n]a grain.] 1. A sweet viscid fluid, esp. that collected by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Honey locust — Taxobox name = Honey locust image width = 250px image caption = Honey locust trunk regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Fabales familia = Fabaceae subfamilia = Caesalpinioideae genus = Gleditsia species = G.… …   Wikipedia

  • locust tree — noun any of various hardwood trees of the family Leguminosae • Syn: ↑locust • Hypernyms: ↑tree • Hyponyms: ↑courbaril, ↑Hymenaea courbaril, ↑water locust, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • honey locust — noun tall usually spiny North American tree having small greenish white flowers in drooping racemes followed by long twisting seed pods; yields very hard durable reddish brown wood; introduced to temperate Old World • Syn: ↑Gleditsia triacanthos… …   Useful english dictionary

  • honey locust — a thorny North American tree, Gleditsia triacanthos, of the legume family, having small, compound leaves and pods with a sweet pulp. Also called black locust, three thorned acacia. [1735 45, Amer.] * * * ▪ tree genus  any of the thorny trees of… …   Universalium

  • honey locust — /ˈhʌni loʊkəst/ (say hunee lohkuhst) noun 1. Also, locust. a tree, Gleditsia triacanthos, of North America, having pods with a sweet pulp. 2. → honey mesquite. 3. any of various other trees, usually having either sweet pods or durable timber …   Australian English dictionary

  • honey locust — noun Date: 1743 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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