from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the southwestern United States and in northern Mexico, a shrub, Momisia pallida, of the elm family, which bears small orange-colored or red berries having an acid pulp. The plant is suitable for hedges, and the fruit is edible, though not much esteemed by the natives.


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  • General vegetation types include some mesquitelive oak-bluewood parks in the north, and mesquite-granjeno parks in the south.

    Ecoregions of Texas (EPA) 2009

  • However, mesquite, granjeno, and a variety of brush and shrub species invaded the landscape.

    Ecoregions of Texas (EPA) 2009

  • Late March is perfect because the mesquite, granjeno and blackbrush have not gotten their leaves back, so poking around in the bedrooms of whitetails pays off hugely with evidence.

    The Monitor : 2009

  • A machete is not a bad idea, but crucito thorns, granjeno, catclaw and others grow in such tangles that it's best to stomp over such brambles, tear through them, or go under in tunnels feral hogs and javelinas have carved out, and that whitetails use.

    The Monitor : 2009


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