Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n ceratonia A genus of plants, natural order Leguminosæ, remarkable from the fact that the flowers lack the corolla. The only species is C. Siliqua, a native of the countries skirting the Mediterranean. The pods, often called locust-beans, are supposed by some to have been the food of John the Baptist in the wilderness. They contain a sweet nutritious pulp, are extensively used for feeding animals, and are sometimes seen in fruiterers' shops.