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
Recent Examples of mesquite from the Web
Kids — and the kid at heart — can brush up on their bug-collecting skills, work on arts and crafts centered around insects, and taste cooked mealworm larva in mesquite, teriyaki and barbecue.
Goodfellow also experiments with smoked beer and has used beechwood and mesquite.
To grill chicken, use mesquite charcoal if possible.
With its black four-poster bed, leather chairs and simple mesquite table, our room was more subdued in design than the splashy lobby.
Trudi’s 27-year-old daughter, Olivia, and their Weimaraner dogs, Luna and Hershey, accompany us on a ride through the high desert of cactus, mesquite, aromatic wormwood and desert lavender.
Brewers particularly like the Texas honey because the native nectar sources include tallow, cotton, mesquite, in addition to natural wildflowers from the Hill Country.
Keeping company with the ironwood trees are mesquite, paloverde, creosote and saguaro.
To his immediate right, cattle roam the mesquite and grass of his family’s 16,000-acre ranch.
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Origin and Etymology of mesquite
American Spanish, from Nahuatl mizquitl
First Known Use: 1759See Words from the same year
Definition of Mesquite
city in northeastern Texas east of Dallas population 139,824
MESQUITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mesquite for English Language Learners
: 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
Definition of Mesquite for English Language Learners
: U.S. city, Texas
MESQUITE Defined for Kids
Definition of mesquite for Students
: a spiny shrub or small tree of the southwestern United States and Mexico
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