amole

[ uh-moh-ley; Spanish ah-maw-le ]
/ əˈmoʊ leɪ; Spanish ɑˈmɔ lɛ /
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noun, plural a·mo·les [uh-moh-leyz; Spanish ah-maw-les] /əˈmoʊ leɪz; Spanish ɑˈmɔ lɛs/. Southwestern U.S.

the root of any of several plants, as Mexican species of agaves, used as a substitute for soap.
any such plant itself.

Nearby words

  1. amoebic dysentery,
  2. amoebocyte,
  3. amoeboid,
  4. amok,
  5. amokura,
  6. amon,
  7. amon-ra,
  8. among,
  9. amongst,
  10. amontillado

Origin of amole

< Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl ahmōlli soap

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Word Origin and History for amole

amole

n.

1831, from Mexican Spanish amole, from Nahuatl (Aztec) amolli "soap-root."

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