mesquite

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noun mes·quite \ mə-ˈskēt , 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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Origin and Etymology of mesquite

American Spanish, from Nahuatl mizquitl


Mesquite

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

Definition of Mesquite

city in northeastern Texas east of Dallas population 139,824

MESQUITE Defined for English Language Learners

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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


MESQUITE Defined for Kids

mesquite

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noun mes·quite \ mə-ˈskēt \

Definition of mesquite for Students

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

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