Definition of amole in English:

Share this entry

amole

Pronunciation: /əˈməʊli/

noun

A plant of a group native to Mexico and the southern US whose roots are used as detergent, especially the soap-plant, Chlorogalum pomeridianum, or the lechuguilla, Agave lecheguilla.
Example sentences
  • A perennial in the lily family, the purple amole grows from a bulb and produces bluish-purple flowers.
  • He tells of Christian merchants selling amoles, or bars of salt, arranged in great piles like walls, as well as of pieces of cloth, which the vendors measured on their arms.
  • I've got the deer-brush spotted, and we'll pass an amole before we go very far.

Origin

Mid 19th century: Mexican Spanish.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: amole

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.