- a colorless alcoholic liquor of Mexico made from pulque or other fermented agave juice: it is lower in quality and rougher in taste than tequila
- any plant from which this liquor is made
- a small, spineless cactus (Lophophora williamsii) of N Mexico and the SW U.S., with rounded stems, whose buttonlike tops () are chewed, specif., in religious ceremonies by Mexican Indians, for their hallucinogenic effects
Origin: Sp mezcal from Nahuatl mexcalli
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- See peyote.
- a. A Mexican liquor distilled from the fermented juice of certain species of agave.b. A food prepared by cooking the fleshy leaf base and trunk of certain agaves.
- See maguey.
Origin: American Spanish, from Nahuatl mexcalli, mescal liquor : metl, maguey plant + perhaps ixca, xca, to bake.