One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of a group native to Mexico and the southern US whose roots are used as detergent, especially the soap-plant, Chlorogalum pomeridianum, or the lechuguilla, Agave lecheguilla.
- ‘A perennial in the lily family, the purple amole grows from a bulb and produces bluish-purple flowers.’
- ‘He tells of Christian merchants selling amoles, or bars of salt, arranged in great piles like walls, as well as of pieces of cloth, which the vendors measured on their arms.’
- ‘I've got the deer-brush spotted, and we'll pass an amole before we go very far.’
Mid 19th century: Mexican Spanish.
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