- the root of any of various plants of the SW U.S. and Mexico, used as a substitute for soap
- any of these plants, esp. the soap plant
Origin of amoleMexican Spanish from Nahuatl a:molli, literally , soap-root
- The root, bulb, or another plant part of several chiefly western North American plants, such as certain species of Agave, Chlorogalum, and Yucca, used as a substitute for soap.
- A plant so used.
Origin of amoleAmerican Spanish from Nahuatl amolli
From Mexican Spanish amole, from Classical Nahuatl ahmōlli.