mes·quite (mĕ-skēt, mə-)
Any of various small spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Prosopis 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. Also called algaroba.
[Spanish mezquite, from Nahuatl mizquitl.]
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