Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® 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

Etymologies

Spanish mezquite, from Nahuatl mizquitl.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish mezquite, mizquite, from Nahuatl mizquitlĀ ("mesquite tree"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I like to make strips approx 8 long ... dry according to your dryers specs and enjoy ... you can also add or subtract different flavors of liquid smoke to your own personal taste, I like the hickory but mesquite is also good ...

    Do you prefer your home made jerky if so want to share the recipe? or store bought and which one?

  • A Mexican friend who owns some property in Guanajuato (capital) was just fined for cutting a mesquite tree that was on his property -- in Guanajauto mesquite is something of an endangered species, I guess.

    Rural Mexico

  • If you are referring to my use of mesquite for firewood, I live in a ranching area where mesquite is considered a nuisance weed.

    Page 2

  • Within North America, where Prosopis spp. are commonly known as mesquite, P. glandulosa and P. velutina have potential to become devastating weeds.

    Chapter 1

  • This plant, also known as mesquite, is grown from seeds.

    Chapter 4

  • Commonly called mesquite, or honey mesquite, this nitrogen fixing tree was a key resource of the native people, providing food drink, alcohol fuel, medicine, and fertilizer.

    Chapter 30

  • Poplars infest more than 150 000 hectares in the Free State, while prosopsis, better known as mesquite, takes up 350 000 hectares of the Northern Cape.

    News24 Top Stories

  • Toward the south and east, as summer rainfall increases, the Sonoran influence grows, and woody leguminous species, such as mesquite and acacia, become more common.

    Ecoregions of Nevada (EPA)

  • The shortgrass prairie of grama and buffalo grasses is susceptible to overgrazing, and a broken grass cover allows the invasion of shrubs such as mesquite and lotebush.

    Ecoregions of New Mexico (EPA)

  • Following long continued grazing and fire suppression, thorny brush, such as mesquite, is now the predominant vegetation type.

    Ecoregions of Texas (EPA)

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  • The deer have come down and the big-horn,
    They have followed the Sun to the south
    To feed on the mesquite pods and the bunch grass.
    Loud are the thunderdrums
    In the tents of the mountains.

    - traditional, 'The Grass On The Mountain', transcribed from the Paiute American Indian by Mary Austin.

    November 12, 2008