Mesquit
Mesquite Mes*qui"te (m[e^]s*k[=e]"t[asl]), Mesquit Mes*quit" (m[e^]s*k[=e]t"), n. [Sp. mezquite; said to be a Mexican Indian word.] (Bot.) 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}. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

{Honey mesquite}. See {Algaroba} (b) .

{Screw-pod mesquite}, a smaller tree ({Prosopis pubescens}), having spiral pods used as fodder and sometimes as food by the Indians.

{Mesquite grass}, a rich native grass in Western Texas ({Bouteloua oligostachya}, and other species); -- so called from its growing in company with the mesquite tree; -- called also {muskit grass}, {grama grass}. [1913 Webster]


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  • mesquit —    See mesquite …   Vocabulario Vaquero

  • mesquit — mes·quit …   English syllables

  • mesquit — noun 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 • Syn: ↑mesquite • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Hyponyms: ↑honey mesquite, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mesquit grass —    Texas: 1823. Any of a number of grasses growing near mesquite. They are used as forage for animals. The DARE gives a number of plants often called mesquite grass, including grama grass, a velvet grass (including Holcus lanatus), buffalo grass… …   Vocabulario Vaquero

  • Bouteloua oligostachya — Mesquite Mes*qui te (m[e^]s*k[=e] t[asl]), Mesquit Mes*quit (m[e^]s*k[=e]t ), n. [Sp. mezquite; said to be a Mexican Indian word.] (Bot.) Aany of several small spiny trees or shrubs of the southwestern part of North America belonging to the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grama grass — Mesquite Mes*qui te (m[e^]s*k[=e] t[asl]), Mesquit Mes*quit (m[e^]s*k[=e]t ), n. [Sp. mezquite; said to be a Mexican Indian word.] (Bot.) Aany of several small spiny trees or shrubs of the southwestern part of North America belonging to the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Honey mesquite — Mesquite Mes*qui te (m[e^]s*k[=e] t[asl]), Mesquit Mes*quit (m[e^]s*k[=e]t ), n. [Sp. mezquite; said to be a Mexican Indian word.] (Bot.) Aany of several small spiny trees or shrubs of the southwestern part of North America belonging to the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • honey mesquite — Mesquite Mes*qui te (m[e^]s*k[=e] t[asl]), Mesquit Mes*quit (m[e^]s*k[=e]t ), n. [Sp. mezquite; said to be a Mexican Indian word.] (Bot.) Aany of several small spiny trees or shrubs of the southwestern part of North America belonging to the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mesquite — Mes*qui te (m[e^]s*k[=e] t[asl]), Mesquit Mes*quit (m[e^]s*k[=e]t ), n. [Sp. mezquite; said to be a Mexican Indian word.] (Bot.) Aany of several small spiny trees or shrubs of the southwestern part of North America belonging to the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mesquite grass — Mesquite Mes*qui te (m[e^]s*k[=e] t[asl]), Mesquit Mes*quit (m[e^]s*k[=e]t ), n. [Sp. mezquite; said to be a Mexican Indian word.] (Bot.) Aany of several small spiny trees or shrubs of the southwestern part of North America belonging to the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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