mes·​quite | \ mə-ˈskēt How to pronounce mesquite (audio) , me- \

Definition of mesquite

: any of several spiny leguminous trees or shrubs (genus Prosopis and especially P. glandulosa) chiefly of the southwestern U.S. 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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mesquite: 1 flower and leaves, 2 pod

Examples of mesquite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Activities include a free children’s book station and chances to paint a bracelet or necklace with mesquite pitch paint. Laura Latzko, The Arizona Republic, 15 July 2022 True to its southwest roots, Colkegan uses mesquite to kiln its barley rather than the traditional Scottish peat. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 7 July 2022 This system has created mesquite-cottonwood stands, ponds and other wetland habits for a variety of animals. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2022 There is a variety of different kinds and flavors like hickory, mesquite or apple. Joe Difazio, USA TODAY, 30 June 2022 What sets the hot sauce apart from others is the use of kiawe wood, Hawaiian mesquite wood, to roast the peppers, according to the company website. oregonlive, 22 June 2022 He was found about 30 feet from State Route 190 but the highway was obscured by terrain and a mesquite tree, the park said. CBS News, 16 June 2022 With more 120 joints nationally, On the Border is known in part for its fajitas grilled over mesquite wood, plus margaritas. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2022 In fact, my mail carrier was able to identify the scent as mesquite wood from the other side of the yard. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mesquite

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mesquite

American Spanish, from Nahuatl mizquitl

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“Mesquite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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mes·​quite | \ mə-ˈskēt How to pronounce mesquite (audio) \

Kids Definition of mesquite

: a spiny shrub or small tree of the southwestern United States and Mexico

Mesquite geographical name

Mes·​quite | \ mə-ˈskēt How to pronounce Mesquite (audio) , me- \

Definition of Mesquite

city in northeastern Texas east of Dallas population 139,824

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