[ tuh-kee-luh ]
/ təˈki lə /


a strong liquor from Mexico, distilled from fermented mash of an agave.
the plant itself, Agave tequilana.

Origin of tequila

First recorded in 1840–50; after Tequila, a town in Jalisco, Mexico, a center for its production
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/ (tɪˈkiːlə) /


a spirit that is distilled in Mexico from an agave plant and forms the basis of many mixed drinks
the plant, Agave tequilana, from which this drink is made

Word Origin for tequila

C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Tequila, region of Mexico
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