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mesa

[mey-suh] /ˈmeɪ sə/
noun
1.
a land formation, less extensive than a plateau, having steep walls and a relatively flat top and common in arid and semiarid parts of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.
Origin of mesa
1750-1760
1750-60, Americanism; < Spanish: table < Latin mēnsa

Mesa

[mey-suh] /ˈmeɪ sə/
noun
1.
a city in central Arizona, near Phoenix.

La Mesa

[lah mey-suh] /lɑ ˈmeɪ sə/
noun
1.
a city in SW California.
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  • But mesa had gone to earth in Aragon, and Rubio was with him.

  • At the place where the Soledad trail leaves that of mesa Blanca.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Kit met the band where the trail forked to Palomitas and mesa Blanca.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • The mesa lay basking in the dry, hot stillness of the July afternoon.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • “Let us go up on the ridge and look out over our mesa,” she murmured.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for mesa

mesa

/ˈmeɪsə/
noun
1.
a flat tableland with steep edges, common in the southwestern US
Word Origin
from Spanish: table
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Word Origin and History for mesa
n.

"high table land," 1759, from Spanish mesa "plateau," literally "table," from Latin mensa "table" (source of Rumanian masa, Old French moise "table").

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mesa in Science
mesa
  (mā'sə)   
An area of high land with a flat top and two or more steep, clifflike sides. Mesas are larger than buttes and smaller than plateaus, and are common in the southwest United States.
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