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mesa1

Syllabification: me·sa
Pronunciation: /ˈmāsə
 
/

noun

An isolated flat-topped hill with steep sides, found in landscapes with horizontal strata.
Example sentences
  • At its southern end, the terrain drops down to the Santa Rosa Plateau, a 2,000-foot-high tableland with canyons, mesas, and low hills.
  • After a mile's drive north of the petroglyphs, a short hike pays off - with a vast, spectacular view into the heart of the Swell: Buttes, mesas, and canyons fill the landscape far below me.
  • Broad mesas and steep canyons stand out clearly.

Origin

mid 18th century: Spanish, literally 'table', from Latin mensa.

Words that rhyme with mesa

acer, bracer, chaser, debaser, embracer, facer, macer, pacer, placer, racer, spacer, tracer

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Mesa2

Syllabification: Me·sa
Pronunciation: /ˈmāsə
 
/
A city in south central Arizona, east of Phoenix; population 463,552 (est. 2008).

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