from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The screw-pod mesquit. See mesquit.
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Palmillas and bushes of sage (artemisia) are scattered here and there, but the mezquit is now becoming scarce, the tornilla or screwwood taking its place; farther on this wood ceases, and there is then no fuel to be met with of any description.
_tornilla_ and _mesquite_, horses and cattle grazing belly-deep in the tall, juicy _zacaton_.
"We'll stay here in the _tornilla_ and see what happens, my friend.