amole

[uh-moh-ley; Spanish ah-maw-le]
noun, plural a·mo·les [uh-moh-leyz; Spanish ah-maw-les] /əˈmoʊ leɪz; Spanish ɑˈmɔ lɛs/. Southwestern U.S.
  1. the root of any of several plants, as Mexican species of agaves, used as a substitute for soap.
  2. any such plant itself.

Origin of amole

< Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl ahmōlli soap
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Word Origin and History for amole
n.

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

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