Definition of sotol in English:



mass noun
  • 1A North American desert plant of the agave family, with spiny-edged leaves and small white flowers.

    Genus Dasylirion, family Agavaceae: several species

    • ‘The snow over the desert clarified both the colors and the forms of its plants - Mormon tea, sotol, lechuguilla, leatherstem, acacias - and the hard frost retained the tracks of javelina.’
    • ‘Bleached stalks of agave and sotol pierce the cloudless blue sky.’
    • ‘The sugary trunks and leaf bases of Wheeler sotol have been used to feed cattle during droughts.’
    • ‘An alternative derivation is from the Apache word tezlingo which refers to a native plant, probably sotol, and the alcoholic drink made from it.’
    1. 1.1 An alcoholic drink made from the sap of the sotol plant.
      • ‘Although the process is similar to that used for mezcal, sotol is not a mezcal, since it is not made from agave.’
      • ‘Like its cousins, Tequila and Mezcal, Sotol has its own denomination of origin.’
      • ‘Rattlesnake, having skin and head and tail removed, is fermented in sotol for serious foot infections.’


Late 19th century: via American Spanish from Nahuatl tzotolli.