Definition of mescal in English:

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Pronunciation: /meˈskal/
Pronunciation: /məˈskal/


1An agave plant, especially one of a type used to make alcoholic drinks. Also called maguey.
Example sentences
  • Olson also encouraged operators to treat spirits as food and to expand the ultra-premium shelf with such offerings as single village mescals and single vineyard Cognacs.
  • The only problem with that story is they didn't start putting the worm in the mescal until 1950, when they had much more scientific ways of testing if a liquor was up to par.
  • But still, the rent must be paid and the mescal must be bought.
1.1An alcoholic spirit distilled from the sap of an agave. Compare with tequila, pulque.
Example sentences
  • As an accompaniment, mescal is the Oaxacan liquor of choice.
  • This reminded one student of the maguey, and he enthusiastically described to the class the process of making mescal and tequila from that cactus plant.
  • In the 1870s several mescal distillers around the town of Tequila in the central Mexican state of Jalisco began making a superior version of the product.
2 another term for peyote.


Early 18th century: from Spanish mezcal, from Nahuatl mexcalli.

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Syllabification: mes·cal

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