mesquit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mesquit 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
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pine, spruce, or other evergreen wood should never be used in barbecues. These woods, when burning or smoking, can add harmful tar and resins to the food. Only hardwoods should be used for smoking and grilling, such as oak, pecan, hickory, maple, cherry, alder, apple, or mesquite, depending on the type of meat being cooked.
    • n Mesquit (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.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mesquit A mosque.
    • n mesquit An important leguminous tree, or often shrub, Prosopis juliflora, growing from Texas to southern California, and thence southward to Chili. It reaches a height of 30 or 40 feet, but is often scrubby, forming dense clumps of chaparral. Under the action of prairie fires it is reduced to a low shrub, developing then an enormous mass of roots, locally known as underground forest, of great value as fuel. The wood is heavy and very hard, almost indestructible in contact with the ground; it is used for the beams and underpinnings of adobe houses, for posts and fencing, for fuel, and for furniture. It is of a brown or red color, handsome when polished, but difficult to work. The bean-like pods, before maturity, become pulpy and exceedingly rich in grape-sugar. They are eaten by the Indians as well as by whites, and furnish a valuable fodder for horses. The shrub also exudes a gum resembling gum arabic, which in Texas and Mexico is collected in considerable quantities for export. Also called honeymesquit, honey-locust, honey-pod, and July-flower. The Spanish name is algarroba.
    • n mesquit Same as mesquit-grass
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. mezquite,; said to be a Mexican Indian word

Usage

In literature:

Mound was near a good-sized mesquite tree.
"Life History of the Kangaroo Rat" by Charles T. Vorhies and Walter P. Taylor
A mortar for pounding and grinding mesquite beans.
"Illustrated Catalogue of the Collections Obtained from the Indians of New Mexico in 1880" by James Stevenson
The mesquite carried a wealth of dainty foliage.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
Suddenly, in the darkness, rider and pony crashed into a dense mesquite thicket.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
Usually, he had a tiny donkey, or burro, with him, almost hidden by a great load of hay or mesquite wood.
"Mary's Rainbow" by Mary Edward Feehan
Near this point there was a small abandoned hut of mesquite logs.
"A Canyon Voyage" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
There were mountains on all sides, and a slender, dark line of mesquite set off the more delicate colorings of the plain.
"A Voice in the Wilderness" by Grace Livingston Hill
The slender dark line across the plain was mesquite.
"The Man of the Desert" by Grace Livingston Hill
They had come into the midst of scattered mesquite trees, which offered a degree of cover.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
Dawn found them high in the range, in a little canyon, sweet with a tiny spring about which grew mesquite and bear grass.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
Near the station was a store; and near the store, scattered among the mesquits and elms, stood the saddled horses of the customers.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)" by Various
It was featureless save for sage and mesquite and tall thin stalks of yucca.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
The timber and the mesquite were in leaf.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
But the Mesquite Club ball came and went, and the Harboros were not invited.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
She saw the place where he had scrambled out of the arroyo, and, oh, good luck, a clump of mesquite growing out of the crumbling wall further down.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
A light breeze rustled softly through the mesquite bushes.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
Fortunately I had the good luck to discover some mesquite berries, that had been secreted by one of the tribe.
"Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches" by Edwin Eastman
They looked down over a desert green with bajadas, prickly pears, and mesquit.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
If I can't help buttin' into it, like a man might ride into a rattlesnake in the mesquite, I aim to handle it.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Soon they came to a mesquite tree.
"The Mexican Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
***

In poetry:

(Rustle in the mesquite
And foot upon the grass!
Do the yuccas mutter?
Can the shadows pass?)
"Antidote (Nogales, Sonora, Mexico)" by Norman MacLeod
The tined yellow sweet racemes
Of sprawling green mesquite
Turned into sheaves of dusky beans
Served condiment to meat.
"Casa Grande: Arizona" by Norman MacLeod
Dimly and dark the mesas broke on the starry sky.
A pall covered every color of their gorgeous glory at noon.
I smelt the yucca and mesquite, and stifled my heart’s quick cry,
And wormed and crawled on my belly to where he moved against the moon!
"The Horse Thief" by William Rose Benet

In news:

DeSoto, Mesquite Poteet strut stuff.
Have you been to Red Gables Mesquite Grill in Ssndusky.
MISTC Week14 Winner- Tom & Lynne from Mesquite .
Junior Golden Gloves tournament begins in Mesquite .
Twelve-year-old Elijah Earnheart, left, looks on as his mom Cindy Earnheart takes a phone call from his football coach outside his home in Mesquite, Texas.
Mesquite Pee Wee Football Association &hellip.
If you're ever in Mesquite, Texas (heck, who hasn't been THERE?
Splitting a $7,000 purse early Saturday were team ropers Hecter Lucero of Belen and Sterling Kelly of Mesquite.
Swarming defense helps Allen overcome sloppy first half, drop Mesquite in area round of playoffs.
Ranchers could use the machine to cut down a thicket of mesquite and shred the wood so it can be turned into the biofuel ethanol.
City of Palm Springs Animal Shelter 4575 E Mesquite Avenue Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.
0A breathtaking buck strides thru the oak mottes and mesquite thickets of deep South Texas, revealing glimpses of his gleaming antlers.
The group named the Mesquite, Texas native as second team All-America on Friday.
COOKING WITH MESQUITE AND TEPARY BEANS.
Last week Arlington Seguin knocked off West Mesquite, the state's top-ranked 4A team.
***

In science:

The edge lengths estimation in Section 4.3 will be implemented by Rutger Vos in Perl for his library and in Java for Mesquite (Mesquite is a tree manipulation software suite).
Stochastic Models for Speciation Events in Phylogenetic trees
***