mesquite

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

Definition of mesquite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Mesquite

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

Definition of Mesquite (Entry 2 of 2)

city in northeastern Texas east of Dallas population 139,824

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Noun

mesquite: 1 flower and leaves, 2 pod

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Examples of mesquite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The road near the Agua Caliente ghost town is lined with dead mesquite trees. AZCentral.com, "Megafarms and deeper wells are draining the water beneath rural Arizona – quietly, irreversibly," 5 Dec. 2019 The road north was flat and straight through the fields of mesquite and tall grass, sparsely inhabited, only a few roadside villages and very few other cars. Paul Theroux, New York Times, "Paul Theroux’s Mexican Journey," 23 Sep. 2019 By day, the courtyard’s mesquite smoke and Champagne corks set the mood. Chris Malloy, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Ambitious Culinary Resort Has Landed in Arizona’s High Desert," 30 Oct. 2019 Until recently, the area around Brittany Heights had been mostly farmland, and there remained a patchwork of alfalfa fields alongside open ranges scruffy with mesquite and coyotes. Bianca Bosker, The Atlantic, "Why Everything Is Getting Louder," 8 Oct. 2019 His home is about 20 miles from downtown Odessa, on an unmarked caliche road off of the Kermit Highway, amid nodding pump jacks and property covered with sage, mesquite and huisache trees. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Odessa gunman lived in a dirt-floor shack and once confronted neighbor while carrying a rifle," 2 Sep. 2019 Gil-Najarro cooks his standard 3-pound chickens at around 400 degrees for about an hour in his pit, using a blend of hardwood mesquite charcoal that can be found easily at area grocery stores and meat markets. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "How to make Peruvian chicken on your grill at home," 26 Aug. 2019 The garden features palo verde, cottonwood and mesquite trees. Connie Cone Sexton, azcentral, "10 best shade spots to escape the blistering Phoenix heat," 30 July 2014 Bowen, who had lived in South Carolina before joining the agency, was assigned to the Border Patrol station in Nogales, an outpost in the hill country of southern Arizona, where scrubby mesquite and paloverde trees stud the rugged landscape. A.c. Thompson, ProPublica, "“Dirtbag,” “Savages,” “Subhuman”: A Border Agent’s Hateful Career and the Crime That Finally Ended It," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mesquite

Noun

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mesquite

Noun

American Spanish, from Nahuatl mizquitl

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The first known use of mesquite was in 1759

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11 Dec 2019

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“Mesquite.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mesquite. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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mesquite

noun
How to pronounce Mesquite (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mesquite

: 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

mesquite

noun
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

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