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 or the lechuguilla.
- ‘A perennial in the lily family, the purple amole grows from a bulb and produces bluish-purple flowers.’
- ‘I've got the deer-brush spotted, and we'll pass an amole before we go very far.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: Mexican Spanish.
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