any of a genus (Dasylirion) of yuccalike desert plants of the agave family, with dense clusters of whitish, lilylike flowers, growing in the SW U.S. and N Mexico
Origin of sotolAmerican Spanish from Nahuatl tzotolli
- Any of several plants of the genus Dasylirion of the southwest United States and adjacent Mexico, having narrow spiny leaves, a short woody stem, and a large panicle of whitish flowers.
- An alcoholic beverage distilled from the fermented sap of these plants.
Origin of sotolMexican Spanish sotol from Nahuatl zōtōlin palm tree
From Mexican Spanish sotol, from Classical Nahuatl zÅtolin (“palm tree").