noun mes·quite \mə-ˈskēt, me-\

: a tree or bush that grows in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico and that has a hard wood which is often used in grilling food because of the special flavor produced by its smoke; also : the wood of the mesquite

Full Definition of MESQUITE

:  any of several spiny leguminous trees or shrubs (genus Prosopis and especially P. glandulosa) chiefly of the southwestern United States that often form extensive thickets and have sweet pods eaten by livestock; also :  the wood of the mesquite used especially in grilling food

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Origin of MESQUITE

American Spanish, from Nahuatl mizquitl
First Known Use: 1759


geographical name Mes·quite \mə-ˈskēt, me-\

Definition of MESQUITE

city NE Texas E of Dallas pop 139,824


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