One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Mexican alcoholic drink made by fermenting sap from the maguey plant.
- ‘However, fermentation sets in quickly; within a few hours, if left to itself, the sugar of the sap will be converted into carbonic acid and alcohol, and on the way to becoming vinegar or the alcoholic drink pulque.’
- ‘When he returned with bottles of pulque - the fermented sap of the maguey cactus - the reporter had thrown his head violently backward.’
- ‘For example, many cultures pride themselves on their foul-tasting local drinks, such as white lightning, pulque, chong, retsina, and so on.’
- ‘Actually, it really started at least 900 years ago when the Aztecs started to produce a beverage called pulque from the plant, which can grow to about 8ft tall and has a lifespan of up to 15 years.’
- ‘The native Mexicans did, however, consume a mildly alcoholic beverage called pulque.’
Via American Spanish from Nahuatl puliúhki ‘decomposed’.
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