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[me-skeet, mes-keet] /mɛˈskit, ˈmɛs kit/
any of several usually spiny trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Prosopis, of the legume family, as P. juliflora or P. glandulosa, of western North America, having bipinnate leaves and beanlike pods and often forming dense thickets.
the wood of such a tree or shrub, used especially in grilling or barbecuing food.
any of various similar or related plants.
Origin of mesquite
1830-40, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish mezquite < Nahuatl mizquitl


[me-skeet, mi-] /mɛˈskit, mɪ-/
a city in NE Texas, E of Dallas. Unabridged
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  • Then the pony squealed again, and as it did so there came an answering equine hail from the mesquite.

    Ruth Fielding In the Saddle Alice B. Emerson
  • They made their way to the kitchen, and started a blaze with mesquite bark.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Dry Valley went on, stumbled down the front steps, out the gate and down the road into a mesquite thicket at the edge of town.

  • But he made the bank and staggering up to the mesquite tree, he untied Peter.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • In a mesquite tree by the cook house chickens began to crow a desultory warning.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for mesquite


/mɛˈskiːt; ˈmɛskiːt/
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, honey mesquite
Word Origin
C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl mizquitl
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Word Origin and History for mesquite

type of North American shrub of the pea family, 1759, from Mexican Spanish mezquite, from Nahuatl (Aztec) mizquitl "mesquite."

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