[ poo l-kee; Spanish pool-ke ]
/ ˈpʊl ki; Spanish ˈpul kɛ /


a fermented milky drink made from the juice of certain species of agave in Mexico.

Origin of pulque

Borrowed into English from Mexican Spanish around 1685–95
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British Dictionary definitions for pulque


/ (ˈpʊlkɪ, Spanish ˈpulke) /


a light alcoholic drink from Mexico made from the juice of various agave plants, esp the maguey

Word Origin for pulque

C17: from Mexican Spanish, apparently from Nahuatl, from puliuhqui decomposed, since it will only keep for a day
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Word Origin and History for pulque



1690s, from American Spanish pulque, of unknown origin, said to be a word from Araucanian (native language spoken in part of Chile), or else from some language of Mexico.

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