from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several small spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Prosopis in the pea family, native to hot, dry regions of the New World and important as plants for bees and forage for cattle, especially:
- n. P. glandulosa, native to the southwest United States and northern Mexico. Also called honey mesquite, western honey mesquite.
- n. P. juliflora, native to the Gulf Coast and Caribbean islands from Mexico to Venezuela. Also called algarroba.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several deciduous trees of the genus Prosopis found in North America, and used as forage, which have long, beige seed/bean pods which may be dried and ground into a sweet, nutty flour.
- n. The wood of these trees, used for smoking food, or charcoal made from this wood.
- n. Country or land dominated by mesquite trees.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Aany of several small spiny trees or shrubs of the southwestern part of North America belonging to the genus Prosopis having small flowers in axillary cylindrical spikes followed by large sugar-rich pods, especially the honey mesquite, and screw-pod mesquite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See mesquit.
- n. See mesquit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several small spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Prosopis having small flowers in axillary cylindrical spikes followed by large pods rich in sugar
Spanish mezquite, from Nahuatl mizquitl.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish mezquite, mizquite, from Nahuatl mizquitl ("mesquite tree"). (Wiktionary)