Mesquite definition

mĕ-skēt, mə-
Any of various small spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Prosopis of the pea family, native to hot, dry regions chiefly of the Americas and important as a source of firewood, nectar for honeybees, and forage for cattle. The pods of most species are edible.
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Any of several thorny trees or shrubs (genus Prosopis) of the mimosa family, common in the SW U.S. and in Mexico, including the screw bean: the sugary, beanlike, edible pods are used as fodder.
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(place) City in NE Tex.: suburb of Dallas.
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Any of several deciduous trees of the genus Prosopis found in North America, and used as forage, which have long, beige seed/bean pods which may be dried and ground into a sweet, nutty flour.
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The wood of these trees, used for smoking food, or charcoal made from this wood.
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Country or land dominated by mesquite trees.
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A city (now a suburb of Dallas) in Texas.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mesquite
Plural:
mesquites

Origin of mesquite

  • Spanish mezquite from Nahuatl mizquitl

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Spanish mezquite, mizquite, from Nahuatl mizquitl (“mesquite tree").

    From Wiktionary