Definition of sotol in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsōtōl/


1A North American desert plant of the agave family, with spiny-edged leaves and small white flowers.
  • Genus Dasylirion, family Agavaceae: several species, including smooth-leaf sotol (D. leiophyllum)
Example sentences
  • Bleached stalks of agave and sotol pierce the cloudless blue sky.
  • The sugary trunks and leaf bases of Wheeler sotol have been used to feed cattle during droughts.
  • The snow over the desert clarified both the colors and the forms of its plants - Mormon tea, sotol, lechuguilla, leatherstem, acacias - and the hard frost retained the tracks of javelina.
1.1An alcoholic drink made from the sap of the sotol.
Example sentences
  • Although the process is similar to that used for mezcal, sotol is not a mezcal, since it is not made from agave.
  • Rattlesnake, having skin and head and tail removed, is fermented in sotol for serious foot infections.
  • Like its cousins, Tequila and Mezcal, Sotol has its own denomination of origin.


Late 19th century: via American Spanish from Nahuatl tzotolli.

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