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mescal

[ me-skal ]
/ mɛˈskæl /
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noun

an intoxicating beverage distilled from the fermented juice of certain species of agave.
any agave yielding this spirit.
Also called peyote. either of two species of spineless, dome-shaped cactus, Lophophora williamsii or L. diffusa, of Texas and northern Mexico, yielding the hallucinogen peyote.

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Origin of mescal

1695–1705, Americanism;<Mexican Spanish mescal, mezcal, mexcal<Nahuatl mexcalli intoxicant distilled from agave (perhaps equivalent to me(tl) maguey + (i)xcalli something cooked)
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British Dictionary definitions for mescal

mescal
/ (mɛˈskæl) /

noun

Also called: peyote a spineless globe-shaped cactus, Lophophora williamsii, of Mexico and the southwestern US. Its button-like tubercles (mescal buttons) contain mescaline and are chewed by certain Indian tribes for their hallucinogenic effects
a colourless alcoholic spirit distilled from the fermented juice of certain agave plants
C19: from American Spanish, from Nahuatl mexcalli the liquor, from metl maguey + ixcalli stew
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