Definition of amole in English:



  • 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.