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

  • n. A shrub or small tree (Prosopis pubescens) of the southwest United States and adjacent areas of Mexico, having pinnately compound leaves, tiny yellowish-white flowers, and twisted pods used as fodder.
  • n. The pod of this plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See under Screw.
  • n. The tree itself. Its heavy hard wood is used for fuel, for fencing, and for railroad ties.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. shrub or small tree of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico having spirally twisted pods
  • n. spirally twisted sweet pod of screwbean mesquite that is used for fodder or ground into meal for feed


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