There are 2 main definitions of mesquite in English:

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mesquite 1

Pronunciation: /ˈmɛskiːt/


A spiny tree or shrub of the pea family, native to arid regions of south-western US and Mexico. It yields timber, tanbark, medicinal products, and edible pods.
  • Genus Prosopis, family Leguminosae: several species
Example sentences
  • This kind of symbiosis, incidentally, is also found in leguminous or pod forming plants - including peas and beans, wisteria vines, acacia, mesquite, and coral trees.
  • Juniper trees are common throughout the canyon as well as mesquite, cottonwood, salt cedar, willow, western soapberry and hackberry.
  • In summer months they eat cacti, sagebrush, mesquite, alfalfa, clover, other grasses, and herbaceous vegetation.


Mid 18th century: from Mexican Spanish mezquite.

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There are 2 main definitions of mesquite in English:

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Mesquite 2

Pronunciation: /məˈskēt/

Entry from US English dictionary

A city in northeastern Texas, east of Dallas; population 132,123 (est. 2008).
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