One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An isolated flat-topped hill with steep sides, found in landscapes with horizontal strata.
high ground, rising ground, prominence, eminence, elevation, rise, hillock, mound, mount, knoll, hummock, tor, tump, fell, pikeView synonyms
- ‘He explained the difference between the mesas and buttes in the distance and challenged us to find images of birds, couples dancing joyfully, and snakes in the sticklike forms of petroglyphs.’
- ‘Broad mesas and steep canyons stand out clearly.’
- ‘We had an exciting drive down to the Rio Grande, then a steep climb up to the mesa on the west side of Taos.’
- ‘The sagebrush and imposing mesas and buttes of the Great Basin and the giant saguaro cacti of the Sonoran Desert define the West of countless Hollywood films and the novels of Zane Grey, Louis L' Amour, and others.’
- ‘Straddled between Utah and Arizona in the Navaho Indian Reservation are the sandstone buttes, mesas and cliffs of Monument Valley, the setting for countless westerns.’
- ‘Today the local economy depends mostly on tourists who come to admire and frolic in the park's mesas, canyons, rivers, and waterfalls.’
- ‘Our Southwest Grand Tour leads from Las Vegas into the canyons and mesas that form the heart of the Colorado Plateau.’
- ‘Huge red mesas towered on the horizon and a flat unforgiving landscape rolled out before them.’
- ‘At its southern end, the terrain drops down to the Santa Rosa Plateau, a 2,000-foot-high tableland with canyons, mesas, and low hills.’
- ‘The Virgin and Santa Clara rivers snake easily between flat-topped mesas, following paths of least resistance.’
- ‘It is characterized by large sand seas, eroded mountain ranges, and upland mesas.’
- ‘The trail sliced up through an erosional landscape of mesas and deep gorges where the bird life was stunning.’
- ‘Climbing Mount Dundas, a flat-topped mesa that juts out into the bay, is a frequent summer ritual.’
- ‘Red sandstone mesas stretched on either side of Interstate 15, reaching upwards of a couple hundred feet.’
- ‘Just 2 1/2 hours north of Los Angeles, serene rolling hills and vast vine-covered mesas compose the Santa Maria and Santa Ynez Valleys.’
- ‘In kanyu, these energy outbursts are called regulators, and the most powerful of them take the form of mesas, buttes, and large rock pillars.’
- ‘The park shows off some of the most striking landscapes of sandstone buttes, mesas, and spires in the entire Southwest.’
- ‘After a mile's drive north of the petroglyphs, a short hike pays off - with a vast, spectacular view into the heart of the Swell: Buttes, mesas, and canyons fill the landscape far below me.’
- ‘We'll benefit from vehicle-supported camping with side hikes to canyons and mesas.’
- ‘From Moab, they will drive to Monument Valley, famous for the towering red buttes and mesas, which have formed the background for countless westerns.’
Mid 18th century: Spanish, literally ‘table’, from Latin mensa.
A city in south central Arizona, east of Phoenix; population 463,552 (est. 2008).
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