WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
mes•quite or  mes•quit /mɛˈskit, ˈmɛskit/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Plant Biology[countable] a spiny tree or shrub of W North America.
  2. Plant Biology[noncount] the wood of such a tree or shrub.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
mes•quite  (me skēt, meskēt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Plant Biologyany 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.
  2. Plant Biologythe wood of such a tree or shrub, used esp. in grilling or barbecuing food.
  3. Plant Biologyany of various similar or related plants.
Also,  mes•quit. 
  • Nahuatl mizquitl
  • Mexican Spanish mezquite
  • 1830–40, American.

Mes•quite  (me skēt, mi-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Place Namesa city in NE Texas, E of Dallas. 67,053.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

mesquite, mesquit /mɛˈskiːt; ˈmɛskiːt/ n
  1. any small leguminous tree of the genus Prosopis, esp the tropical American P. juliflora, whose sugary pods (mesquite beans) are used as animal fodder
Etymology: 19th Century: from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl mizquitl



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