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A.Word.A.Day--mesa

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This week's theme: words borrowed from Spanish.

mesa (MAY-suh) noun

A flat-top land formation with steep sides. A mesa is an area bigger than a butte but smaller than a plateau.

[From Spanish mesa (table), from Latin mensa (table).]

See more usage examples of mesa in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Wetherill and Mason spent several hours on that December day exploring the site and collecting artifacts. They climbed to the top of the mesa and separated, searching for more cliff dwellings." Robin Chalmers; A Historic Rediscovery; Cobblestone (Peterborough, New Hampshire); Sep 1999.

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