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 (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. Also called algaroba.

[Spanish mezquite, from Nahuatl mizquitl.]
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(mɛˈskiːt; ˈmɛskiːt) or


(Plants) any small leguminous tree of the genus Prosopis, esp the tropical American P. juliflora, whose sugary pods (mesquite beans) are used as animal fodder. Also called: algarroba, honey locust or honey mesquite
[C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl mizquitl]
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or mes•quit

(mɛˈskit, mɪ-)

1. any of several usu. spiny trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Prosopis, of the legume family, as P. juliflora or P. glandulosa, of W North America, having bipinnate leaves and beanlike pods and often forming dense thickets.
2. the wood of such a tree or shrub, used esp. in grilling or barbecuing food.
[1830–40, Amer.; < Mexican Spanish mezquite < Nahuatl mizquitl]


(mɛˈskit, mɪ-)

a city in NE Texas, E of Dallas. 111,947.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mesquite - any of several small spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Prosopis having small flowers in axillary cylindrical spikes followed by large pods rich in sugarmesquite - any of several small spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Prosopis having small flowers in axillary cylindrical spikes followed by large pods rich in sugar
genus Prosopis, Prosopis - genus of tropical or subtropical branching shrubs or trees: mesquite
honey mesquite, Prosopis glandulosa, Western honey mesquite - thorny deep-rooted drought-resistant shrub native to southwestern United States and Mexico bearing pods rich in sugar and important as livestock feed; tends to form extensive thickets
Prosopis juliflora, Prosopis juliiflora, algarroba - mesquite of Gulf Coast and Caribbean Islands from Mexico to Venezuela
Prosopis pubescens, screwbean, screwbean mesquite, tornillo, screw bean - shrub or small tree of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico having spirally twisted pods
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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A Newspaper Reporter who had just arrived escaped by climbing a hill near by, and there he found the Sole Survivor of the expedition - a mule-driver - down on his knees behind a mesquite bush, praying with extreme fervour.
For two days and nights, crouching behind a rock topped with a growth of mesquite, and with the cliff at my back, suffering agonies of thirst and absolutely hopeless of deliverance, I fought the fellows at long range, firing occasionally at the smoke of their rifles, as they did at that of mine.
10 July 2019 - Oklahoma, US-based energy MLP NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NGL) has closed its acquisition of all of the assets of Mesquite Disposals Unlimited, LLC for a total purchase price of USD 892.5m on a cash-free, debt-free basis, a portion of which will be funded in deferred payments.
M2 EQUITYBITES-July 10, 2019-NGL Energy Partners Closes Combination with Mesquite
Net proceeds from the issuance of the Class D Preferred Units and the warrants may be used by the company to pay for a portion of the purchase price of the acquisition of assets from Mesquite Disposals Unlimited, LLC and Mesquite SWD Inc.
To get rid of invasive mesquite trees from the sultanate, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has called on Omani institutions and international companies to participate in a bidding process.
TULSA NGL Energy Partners has a definitive agreement to combine all of the assets of Mesquite Disposals Unlimited with NGL's Water Solutions business for $890 million.
NGL Energy Partners announced it has executed a definitive agreement to combine all of the assets of Mesquite Disposals Unlimited with NGL's water solutions business for approximately $890M on a cash-free, debt-free basis.
International Resource News-May 14, 2019--Clearway Energy Group completes financing and starts construction on Mesquite Star in Texas
The district released a statement saying, "Mesquite ISD (The Mesquite Independent School District) is focused on meeting the emotional needs of our students and staff members as they cope with the many feelings stirred by the case surrounding Jordan Edwards' death.