- 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
1750–60, Americanism; < Spanish: table < Latin mēnsa
- a city in central Arizona, near Phoenix.
- a city in SW California.
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Examples from the Web for mesa
The opposition alliance, Mesa de la Unidad, has put forward an aggressive plan to defend the votes.Could Hugo Chávez Really Lose Venezuela’s Election?
October 6, 2012
Mesa and Venturini said they knew Poppo would head back to the parking lot stairwell again that night to sleep.
Mesa and Venturini headed out in their big white van and found Poppo lying down in his stairwell home.
Mitt needed to prevent Rick from winning the Mesa, Ariz., debate, and he accomplished that meager goal.Michael Tomasky on How Romney Rocked Santorum in the Arizona Debate
February 23, 2012
After almost a month since the last debate, the GOP candidates take to the stage in Mesa, Arizona Wednesday night.CNN Arizona GOP Debate Live Chat
February 22, 2012
But Mesa had gone to earth in Aragon, and Rubio was with him.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
At the place where the Soledad trail leaves that of Mesa Blanca.
Kit met the band where the trail forked to Palomitas and Mesa Blanca.
The mesa lay basking in the dry, hot stillness of the July afternoon.
“Let us go up on the ridge and look out over our mesa,” she murmured.
- a flat tableland with steep edges, common in the southwestern US
from Spanish: table
Word Origin and History for mesa
"high table land," 1759, from Spanish mesa "plateau," literally "table," from Latin mensa "table" (source of Rumanian masa, Old French moise "table").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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