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  • n. Dated form of mesquite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mosque.
  • n. An important leguminous tree, or often shrub, Prosopis juliflora, growing from Texas to southern California, and thence southward to Chili.
  • n. Same as mesquit-grass

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


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  • The cocoanut-palm, date-palm and orange orchards contrasted their rich foliage in the sunshine with the pineapple, banana and the rich soft turf of the mesquit-grass.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 28, July, 1873

  • Our country upon the whole is fertile and well watered, has timber enough to supply its demands, and an everlasting amount of stone for building; it has an eternal range of mesquit grass, on which horses and cattle that never smell corn keep perfectly fat all winter.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 3, March, 1862

  • Her unexpected appearance and grace and type of beauty, so different from that of the woman who occupied his thoughts, thrilled him for the moment as he listened to the soft, muffled hoof-beats of her horse which grew fainter and fainter until all was silence, save for the sighing of the wind among the _mesquit_ and _manzanita_ bushes that grew about them.

    When Dreams Come True

  • They live chiefly upon fish and the fruit of the algarroba, a species of mesquit or honey-locust, but will eat anything that is not poisonous, even rats and grasshoppers.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • They found themselves treading short dead mesquit that did not greatly obstruct their progress.


  • Behind the perpendicular arm, or spur, that ran out into the sea of mesquit, rose a low hill that was itself in the nature of an inner spur although, since it failed to reach the mountain, it might be regarded as a long flat island, surrounded by the calm green tide.


  • His feet sank deep in the sand, then trod lightly over vast stretches of short sun-burned mesquit, then again traversed hot shifting reaches of naked sand.


  • The moonlight played strange tricks with the mesquit and the giant cactus,

    Crooked Trails and Straight

  • How a member of the most dauntless border police force carried law into the mesquit, saved the life of an innocent man after a series of thrilling adventures, followed a fugitive to Wyoming, and then passed through deadly peril to ultimate happiness.

    The Pirate of Panama A Tale of the Fight for Buried Treasure

  • He ran along the edge of the rock wall till he found a descent less sharp, lowered himself by means of jutting quartz and mesquit cropping out from the crevices, and so came through a little draw to the caƱon.

    Brand Blotters


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