mesquite

Definitions:

  • Any of various small spiny trees or shrubs of the genus <em>Prosopis</em> of the pea family, native to hot, dry regions chiefly of the Americas and important as a source of firewood, nectar for honeybees, and forage for cattle. The pods of most species are edible.
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  • 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 <stype>honey mesquite</stype>, and <stype>screw-pod mesquite</stype>.
  • See <er>Algaroba</er> (b).
  • a smaller tree (<spn>Prosopis pubescens</spn>), having spiral pods used as fodder and sometimes as food by the Indians.
  • a rich native grass in Western Texas (<spn>Bouteloua oligostachya</spn>, and other species); -- so called from its growing in company with the mesquite tree; -- called also <altname>muskit grass</altname>, <altname>grama grass</altname>.
  • Any of several deciduous <xref>trees</xref> of the <xref>genus</xref> Prosopis found in <xref>North America</xref>, and used as <xref>forage</xref>, which have long, beige seed/bean pods which may be dried and ground into a sweet, nutty flour.
  • The <xref>wood</xref> of these trees, used for <xref>smoking</xref> food, or <xref>charcoal</xref> made from this wood.
  • Country or <xref>land</xref> dominated by mesquite trees.
  • 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
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