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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.]


(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]


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.
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.
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