mesa

[ mey-suh ]
/ ˈmeɪ sə /

noun

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.

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Origin of mesa

1750–60, Americanism; < Spanish: table < Latin mēnsa

Definition for mesa (2 of 3)

Mesa
[ mey-suh ]
/ ˈmeɪ sə /

noun

a city in central Arizona, near Phoenix.

Definition for mesa (3 of 3)

La Mesa
[ lah mey-suh ]
/ lɑ ˈmeɪ sə /

noun

a city in SW California.
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British Dictionary definitions for mesa

mesa
/ (ˈmeɪsə) /

noun

a flat tableland with steep edges, common in the southwestern US

Word Origin for mesa

from Spanish: table
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Scientific definitions for mesa

mesa
[ māsə ]

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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