WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.


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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