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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A broad, flat-topped elevation with one or more clifflike sides, common in the southwest United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Flat area of land or plateau higher than other land, with one or more clifflike edges

Etymologies

Spanish, table, mesa, from Old Spanish, table, from Latin mēnsa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested 1759, from Spanish mesa ("table"), from Latin mēnsa. (Wiktionary)

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